Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators
Educators who feel emotionally exhausted, find their ability to empathize depleted, and feel helpless in changing the reality of their classroom may be experiencing burnout. We want to thrive, but these complex emotions can limit our ability to do so personally, which can inhibit our ability to create thriving classrooms and equip our students with the tools they need.
These seminars will target the sources of teacher’s self-doubt and emotional instability. Research conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dan Siegel, and Richard Davidson has expanded our understanding of the neuroplasticity of the brain and our ability to change the way we respond to the stressors in our lives. One of the most effective ways of retraining our brains is through the practice of mindfulness. Through the practice of mindfulness, teachers can find “new ways to respond to the conditions of [their] daily lives” (Brown and Olson 2015, 23).
By training your brain through mindfulness and making it your own first, you will be able to bring mindfulness to your students with the intention of whole class and individual social-emotional wellness.