Teachers will learn: How mindfulness can benefit them and their classrooms, creating a community of care and respect How mindfulness helps students develop 21st century skills 24 ready-to-go lessons to implement right away

Mindfulness in the Classroom and Community

Chapter 4 Mindfulness in the classroom and community

Introduction to Mindfulness for Students

Mindfulness is much more than an exercise or a habit to practice and adopt; it’s a way to be in the world. Mindfulness might seem like an abstract ideal, but it can be quite concrete, if we look at how it takes shape in the classroom.

Being mindful means setting a foundation where all are welcome and honored, and encouraged to use their own authentic voices to connect with themselves and others. I started out focusing on writing, poetry, storytelling, and expression as an entry to awareness and global empathy, across cultures and backgrounds. I looked at all sorts of factors, trying to isolate what brought about the ...

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