In the spring of 2010, when I spoke at the Mindfulness in Education Conference at Lesley University, I found myself repeatedly forming circles with both hands and moving them toward one another. Over and over, I spoke of circles beginning to converge. As a mindfulness educator, I continue to see a coalescing or “coming together” of this field’s previously “separate” parts, perspectives, approaches, and philosophies into a more unified and spacious whole. Below is a summary of my 2014 closing keynote for the Bridging and Minds of Youth Conference in San Diego describing of some of the many circles that are now converging as the field blossoms. For clarity and ease, the term “teachers” will refer to classroom teachers, and the term “educators” will refer to all of us involved in the shared work of bringing mindfulness into education. Read full article
Finding Grace Amidst the Chaos
As educators we face enormous stress in the classroom and in preparing for and following up after class. We are called upon to simultaneously teach specific curricula, meet testing standards, engage our students, and respond to them with care and sensitivity.
Learning to balance the emotional demands of teaching with other professional and personal pressures is central to the teacher’s art and vital to professional longevity. Dr. Amy is available in person and via the web to offer introductory lectures, in-service workshops, and six-week courses to teachers. Here, you will use the practice of mindfulness and the process of inquiry to explore the unique territory of teaching and the universal territory of life.
You will gain specific skills for reducing stress and cultivating health and well being
- You will practice applying these skills to occasionally overwhelming moments inside and outside the classroom.
- You will experience the proven benefits of mindfulness
- decreased burnout and compassion fatigue
- increased empathy and efficacy
- You will begin to appreciate how developing your own practice might allow you to introduce these essential skills to your students.
You may even discover grace amidst the chaos.