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Creating a Mindful Learning Environment

Chapter 2 Creating a mindful learning environment

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.

—Doris Lessing, 1919 (quoted in Chang, 2006)

Teaching in a mindful classroom is about making opportunities possible. It’s much like being a skilled conductor—it might not be apparent, yet a lot of careful, intentional planning, practice, and preparation go into setting up the right relationship and environment for each musician in that orchestra to play their instrument with passion and joy, in the way it was meant to be played. They might be at the beginning stages of self-awareness, confidence, trust, and curiosity—the discovery of talents and capacities is part of the process. We ...

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