FAQs

Who sponsors MindfulTeachers.org?

My name is Catharine Hannay, and I’m a writer and teacher from the United States.
 (See About page.) This may change in the future, but at least from 2012-2017, there is no other organization or publisher sponsoring MindfulTeachers.org.


Are you on Twitter/my favorite social media platform?

I'm not on Twitter (yet?), but you can connect with Mindful Teachers on Facebook and Google+.

I really appreciate it when readers include links to your favorite posts and activities on your social media platforms, and mention this site when talking to anyone who’s interested in mindfulness and/or education.


Do you accept guest posts?


I'm happy to consider a guest post if you are very familiar with the type of content I usually post and you have a specific area of expertise.  (This is not the correct venue for you if you're simply trying to include paid links, or if you want to promote educational services unrelated to mindfulness and compassion.)

I'd love to interview you and/or have you do a guest post if you have any of the following areas of expertise.  If interested, please email me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com.  (FYI, I'm currently scheduling posts about 3-4 months in advance.)
    • Muslim perspectives on mindfulness;
    • indigenous practices connected to mindfulness; 
    • teaching mindfulness to specific populations, including:
      • the incarcerated;
      • seniors/older adults;
      • LGBT youth;
      • blind and visually impaired children or adults;
      • people with physical disabilities; and
      • people with developmental disabilities

    How much do you charge for advertising my organization/linking to my website/writing a sponsored post/ including me on the list of mindfulness trainers?

    This may change in the future, but at least from 2012-2017, I do not accept advertising in any form and do not charge any fees for inclusion of any content on this site. 

    If you’re familiar with what I normally publish and think your content or organization is a good fit, you can reach me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com.   


    This is not the place to promote a product or service unrelated to mindfulness, compassion, social-emotional learning, or support for teachers.  (Believe it or not, I keep getting contacted by essay-writing services.  Why would anyone think 'mindful teachers' want to help students cheat?!)


    Will you review my book?


    Email me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll give you an address where you can send a review copy.   (FYI, I'm currently scheduling posts about 3-4 months in advance.)  I only feature Recommended Books.  If your book isn't my cup of tea for whatever reason, I won't publish a negative review. 

    I'd be happy to consider your book if it's about:
    • teaching mindfulness 
    • teaching in a mindful way
    • mindfulness for adults or adolescents
    • other content that has a clear connection with the topics typically covered on this site

    I don't review books intended for young children, since I don't have much experience with that age group.  However, I do feature interviews with children's authors discussing your books and your experiences with mindfulness.


    Can I use one of your activities on my personal blog or organization website?

    I am very unlikely to give permission for this.  
    First of all, I'm not the creator of all of the activities.  (See below.)  Secondly, posting an activity on another site would take away page views from MindfulTeachers.org. Posting a link to this site means additional page views for MindfulTeachers.org, while your readers still have access to the same content. Win-win.  


    Can I use one of your activities in a presentation/curriculum/other context where I would print the activity and distribute it outside my own home or classroom?

    If no other author, publisher, or organization is mentioned:
    I generally give permission for hard copies/printouts to be distributed in educational contexts, as long as you include the URL and are not in any way charging for the materials. 
    Please email me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail.com, letting me know which activity or article you plan to use and for what type of audience. (This is very useful information when I’m planning new content.)

    If another author, publisher, or organization is mentioned:

    I have permission to post this content at MindfulTeachers.org but do not have the authority to make decisions about whether/how it’s published elsewhere. Use the same judgment you would for other content. If you’d need permission to photocopy a page from the book, you should ask for permission to use the post.
    Here's a link to information about "fair use" of copyrighted material in academic contexts.
    fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/academic-and-educational-permissions/non-coursepack/
    And here are links to the publishers who’ve provided the most sample activities thus far:
    www.newharbinger.com/rights-and-permissions
    www.parallax.org/about/#PermissionsGuidelines
    A few publishers have allowed me to post one 250-word excerpt per recommended book, to give you a better sense of the content in the book.  And some teachers and teacher trainers have generously provided guest posts or sample activities.  If you're in a financial position where this is possible, I encourage you to purchase the book or support the organization that provided your favorite article or activity.  

    How do I become a 'mindful teacher'?

    As far as I'm concerned, if you're a teacher who practices mindfulness and teaches in a mindful way, you're a 'mindful teacher.'  This is different from becoming a mindfulness teacher, which is someone who teaches mindfulness to others.  


    If you're interested in becoming a mindfulness teacher:

    If you're interested in sharing a few informal mindfulness practices and related activities with students you're currently teaching:
    • The Mindfulness Activities and Teaching Resources page has many activities for practicing mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and social-emotional skills. 
    • Please establish your own personal practice before teaching mindfulness to others (adults or children). 
    • Depending on your context, you might want to discuss your plans with parents and school administrators before assigning mindfulness activities and homework.  There have been unpleasant surprises for well-intentioned teachers who are asked by parents to stop teaching mindfulness to their children on religious grounds; this usually stems from a misunderstanding of the terminology.  Christian mindfulness teacher Dr. Irene Kraegel emphasizes that "It is important to demonstrate empathy and understanding when it comes to these types of suspicions... If parents feel deeply listened to and respected by you, they are more likely to receive your responses." 


    That answers most of the questions I've been asked... If there's something you're still not sure about, or if you have a question that isn't covered here, you can reach me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com.



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