September 14, 2015
In an inspiring read in Edutopia, author Abby Wills explains how she successfully integrated mindful practices in her classroom instruction and reflected on the positive impact of mindfulness on students learning experiences. By definition, mindfulness is ‘the intentional cultivation of moment-by-moment non-judgmental focused attention and awareness’(Meiklejohn et al). As a meta-cognitive practice, mindfulness was first used within the medical sector before it made its way into education. There is now a huge body of literature emphasizing the importance of integrating mindfulness in classroom learning ( see references at the end of this post to learn more).
The purpose of our post today is to provide you with some very good resources to help you learn more about mindfulness and explore the different ways you can use it both in your own instruction and in your personal life.
1- The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students, By Daniel Rechtschaffen (Author), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Foreword)
2- Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), By Eline Snel (Author), Myla Kabat-Zinn (Reader), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Foreword)
3- Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, By Patricia A. Jennings (Author), Daniel J. Siegel (Foreword)
4- Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children, By Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Chan Chau Nghiem (Editor), Wietske Vriezen (Illustrator)
5- Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education, By Nikolaj Flor Rotne
6- The Power of Mindful Learning, By by Ellen J. Langer
7- Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness, By Susan L. Smalley PhD (Author), Diana Winston (Author)
‘In Fully Present, leading mindfulness researchers and educators Dr. Sue Smalley and Diana Winston provide an all-in-one guide for anyone interested in bringing mindfulness to daily life as a means of enhancing well-being. Fully Present provides both a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and the body as well as practical guidance to develop both a practice and mindfulness in daily living, not only through meditation but also during daily experiences, such as waiting in line at the supermarket, exercising, or facing difficult news.’
8- Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom, By Meena Srinivasan
‘Teach, Breathe, Learn is designed for educators at all levels, parents interested in sharing mindfulness with their children, and anyone curious about how to cultivate their own mindfulness practice and eventually teach mindfulness to others.’
9- Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything, By Deborah Schoeberlein David MEd (Author), Suki Sheth (Author)
10- The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, By Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Vo-Dihn Mai (Illustrator), Mobi Ho (Translator)
More resources on mindfulness
- Beauchemin, J., Hutchins, T. L., & Patterson, F. (2008). Mindfulness meditation may lessen anxiety, promote social skills, and improve academic performance among adolescents with learning disabilities. Complementary Health Practice Review, 13, 34–45.
- Broderick, P. C., & Metz, S. (2009). Learning to BREATHE: A pilot trial of a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2, 35–46.
- Burke, C. (2010). Mindfulness-based approaches with children and adolescents: A preliminary review of current research in an emergent field. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 133–144
- Hölzel, B. K., Carmody, J., Vangel, M., Congleton, C., Yerramsetti, S. M., Gard, T., et al. (2011). Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 191, 36–42
- Shapiro, S. L., Carlson, L. E., Astin, J. A., & Freedman, B. (2006). Mechanisms of mindfulness. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62,
- Meiklejon, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, L., Griffin, L., et al. (2010). Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students.Mindfulness, 1(1)