Education

Happy Teachers Change the World

Happy Teachers Change the World

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 9781941529645

Category: Education

Page: 400

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Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official, authoritative manual of the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, these techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities. Beginning firmly with teachers and all those working with students, including administrators, counselors, and other personnel, the Plum Village approach stresses that educators must first establish their own mindfulness practice since everything they do in the classroom will be based on that foundation. The book includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step techniques perfected by educators to teach themselves and to apply to their work with students and colleagues, along with inspirational stories of the ways in which teachers have made mindfulness practice alive and relevant for themselves and their students across the school and out into the community. The instructions in Happy Teachers Change the World are offered as basic practices taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by guidance from educators using these practices in their classrooms, with ample in-class interpretations, activities, tips, and instructions. Woven throughout are stories from members of the Plum Village community around the world who are applying these teachings in their own lives and educational contexts.
Business & Economics

A Culture of Happiness

A Culture of Happiness

Author: Tho Ha Vinh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 9781952692321

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 291

View: 393

Practical principles for creating conditions for happiness at scale from the program director of the Gross National Happiness Center of Bhutan, the only country in the world to measure progress by the happiness of its citizens. Despite countless happiness programs focused on individual well-being, are we any happier, really? Is it in fact possible to be fully happy within a miserably dysfunctional society built to keep structures of inequity in place? Possible, perhaps, but not easy. While the pursuit of happiness is a much-celebrated ideal, how can countries and communities design the right environments for people to lead happy lives? Personal programs for happiness that include mindfulness, empathy, and gratitude are a good start, but without structural changes, they can only go so far. Taking the case of the country of Bhutan as an example, the nation's first Gross National Happiness program director Tho Ha Vinh explains how the principles of happiness can and must apply to people, families, and communities at scale to produce the conditions for a truly satisfying life. More and more people feel that we live in a time of transition and that our very survival on this planet depends on renewing the way we live together in society. Gross National Happiness is an innovative development paradigm that puts the interconnected happiness of all people and the well-being of all life forms at the center of progress. Based on real-life experiences, this book shows a multitude of practical methods for strategic thinkers and change makers to apply the framework of Gross National Happiness to bring about positive change in schools, businesses, and communities.
Education

The Mind and Teachers in the Classroom

The Mind and Teachers in the Classroom

Author: Remy Y. S Low

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030703844

Category: Education

Page: 130

View: 935

This book explores what mindfulness could mean for teachers and educational researchers. Moving beyond popular platitudes about mindfulness, the author provides a conceptual map for understanding the different ways in which mindfulness can be recommended to teachers. Covering the key features of Buddhist, psychological and socially engaged forms of mindfulness, this book critically examines the different ways mindfulness is defined, what problems it is meant to address, and the ways that claims about mindfulness are made. It argues that each approach to mindfulness implies an ideal of what a ‘good teacher’ should be. It will be of interest and value to teacher educators, educational researchers and scholars of mindfulness within education.
Education

Don't Just Survive, Thrive

Don't Just Survive, Thrive

Author: SaraJane Herrboldt

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 9781646040827

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 576

Stay inspired and motivated with this ultimate teacher self-care action plan designed to help educators avoid workplace stress and burnout. Any educator will tell you it's no surprise that 50% of teachers leave education within their first five years. Being a teacher is deeply rewarding and inspiring, but keeping that big picture in mind is hard after long days, difficult students, and limited resources. On top of it all, teachers have the added burden of managing an entirely new digital learning environment. But burning out doesn't have to be your only option. Don't Just Survive, Thrive offers hardworking teachers a sustainable blueprint for becoming unshakeable at school with the power of self-care. Through mindfulness, connection, and creative art, you can work toward building a trauma-informed, self-aware strategy that fosters resilience and results in more engaged and effective teaching. Just five minutes a day or more of implementing the practical ideas in this book can result in powerful change. These strategies include: - Ten ways to practice mindfulness during recess duty - Guided journaling to celebrate what’s working in your classroom - Daily routines to keep you in the present moment - Quick practices for self-regulation during a conflict situation - Sentence stems to encourage internal dialogue and positive self-talk Whether you're a special education teacher, paraprofessional, speech pathologist, counselor, or any type of educator, this book offers a guide to becoming not only a social-emotional role model for students but a better, healthier teacher.
Medical

Can We Be Happier?

Can We Be Happier?

Author: Richard Layard

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241430019

Category: Medical

Page: 416

View: 652

From the bestselling author of Happiness and co-editor of the annual World Happiness Report Most people now realise that economic growth, however desirable, will not solve all our problems. Instead, we need a philosophy and a science which encompasses a much fuller range of human need and experience. This book argues that the goal for a society must be the greatest possible all round happiness, and shows how each of us can become more effective creators of happiness, both as citizens and in our own organisations. Written with Richard Layard's characteristic clarity, it provides hard evidence that increasing happiness is the right aim, and that it can be achieved. Its language is simple, its evidence impressive, its effect inspiring.
Psychology

Autonomy Support Beyond the Language Learning Classroom

Autonomy Support Beyond the Language Learning Classroom

Author: Jo Mynard

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 9781788929066

Category: Psychology

Page: 415

View: 202

Through the application of self-determination theory (SDT) to research and practice, this book deepens our understanding of how autonomous language learning can be supported and understood within environments outside of the classroom. Theoretical, empirical and practice-focused chapters examine autonomy support in a range of contexts and settings, dealing with learning environments and open spaces, communities and relationships, and advising and self-access language learning. They reveal what occurs beyond the classroom, how socializing agents support autonomous motivation and wellness, and how SDT can enhance our understanding of supporting language learner autonomy. It will be of interest to language teachers, university lecturers and learning advisors who are providing support outside the classroom, as well as to graduate students and researchers who are working in the fields of applied linguistics and TESOL.
Body, Mind & Spirit

Mindfulness and Its Discontents

Mindfulness and Its Discontents

Author: David Forbes

Publisher: Fernwood Publishing

ISBN: 9781773631189

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page:

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Mindfulness, a way to alleviate suffering by realizing the impermanence of the self and our interdependence with others, has been severed from its Buddhist roots. In the late-stage-capitalist, neoliberal, solipsistic West, it becomes McMindfulness, a practice that instead shores up the privatized self, and is corporatized and repackaged as a strategy to cope with our stressful society through an emphasis on self-responsibility and self-promotion. Rather than a way to promote human development and social justice, McMindfulness covertly reinforces neoliberalism and capitalism, the very self-promoting systems that worsen our suffering. In Mindfulness and Its Discontents, David Forbes provides an integral framework for a critical, social, moral mindfulness that both challenges unmindful practices and ideas and provides a way forward. He analyzes how education curricula across North America employ mindfulness: to help students learn to succeed in a neoliberal society by enhancing the ego through emphasizing individualistic skills and the self-regulation of anger and stress. Forbes argues that mindfulness educators instead should uncover and resist the sources of stress and distress that stem from an inequitable, racist, individualistic, market-based (neoliberal) society and shows how school mindfulness programs can help bring about one that is more transformative, compassionate and just.
Education

Mindful Teacher, Mindful School

Mindful Teacher, Mindful School

Author: Kevin Hawkins

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526415585

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 411

With this guide to mindful practice, teachers will learn how to use mindfulness in their own professional and personal lives as well as how to incorporate it in their teaching to support student wellbeing.
Education

Three Breaths and Begin

Three Breaths and Begin

Author: William Meyer

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608685721

Category: Education

Page: 258

View: 898

LEARN THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF MEDITATION IN THE CLASSROOM Meditation can be a potent practice for creating focus and facilitating learning in the classroom, for kindergarteners, grad students, and everyone in between. Longtime schoolteacher William Meyer has taught a variety of meditation techniques to students, fellow teachers, and parents with remarkable results. In Three Breaths and Begin, Meyer details how teachers can incorporate mindfulness into their curricula every day. He covers every aspect of teaching meditation, from creating a dedicated space in the classroom to meditating on field trips, in sports settings, and even in the midst of tragedy. Offering numerous ready-to-use scripted meditations, this insightful, practical, and loving guide will benefit anyone interested in the well-being of students — and, most of all, the students themselves.
Education

Supporting Teacher Wellbeing

Supporting Teacher Wellbeing

Author: Suzanne Allies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000203448

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 295

All teachers are in the unique position of influencing the future happiness and success of the next generation; therefore it is crucial that the wellbeing of teachers is not overlooked. This proactive guide will empower school staff; it will enlighten and equip them with essential knowledge about wellbeing and remind them to never neglect their own health. It encourages a proactive approach to holistic wellbeing and deals with a serious topic in a humorous and lighthearted way. Structured as an easy-to-read guide, the chapters offer hands-on tips on how and why to support teacher wellbeing and advice on how to manage the increasing demands of planning, assessment and marking. What’s more, it emphasises the importance of sustaining a work-life balance, using mindfulness to relax and gain perspective, healthy eating, incorporating exercise into your schedule and maintaining a sense of calm in the classroom. This book: Includes personal stories that encompass the real experiences of early-career teachers, experienced teachers, senior leaders and trainee teachers. Delves into important topics such as stress, burnout, work-life balance, anxiety and controlling the mind. Highlights how to increase self-esteem, confidence and eradicate perfectionism at work. Suggests practical strategies related to workload reduction, peer support and a variety of self-care techniques. Written by a Primary Education lecturer with over 20 years of experience teaching in primary schools, this book is an essential resource for trainee teachers, early-career teachers, experienced teachers and school leaders alike.
Education

An Educator’s Guide to Using Your 3 Eyes

An Educator’s Guide to Using Your 3 Eyes

Author: Megan R. Sweet Ed. D.

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781982215255

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 583

Applying intellect, insight, and intuition to promote school-wide transformation for educators through interpersonal reflection and hands-on tools. This is no one-size-fits-all approach to education that provides a formula or a practical how-to guide. The truths found in this book are about applying research-based best practices to the processes that lie outside of academia. Readers will find themselves getting out their pens and highlighters to write in the margins and apply personal reflection to the teachings. The three Is—intellect, insight, and intuition—are tools for educators to find personal growth and development inside the structure of the school system so that they can promote school-wide transformation. When educators stop fighting the system and instead look inward for the answers, they will begin to see the improved student achievement and involvement they crave. Readers will walk away with: — greater self-awareness that will improve the classroom and educational landscape around them, — improved self-appreciation that will fuel empathy in the classroom and workplace, — clarity about the origin and influence of their beliefs that will help them combat negative beliefs and take advantage of positive beliefs, and — better decision-making skills developed through a contemplative approach.
Education

Empowering Formal and Informal Leadership While Maintaining Teacher Identity

Empowering Formal and Informal Leadership While Maintaining Teacher Identity

Author: Zugelder, Bryan S.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799865025

Category: Education

Page: 326

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Teacher leadership remains at the forefront of conversations in teacher education, with discussions on recruitment, retention, and effectiveness. Teachers are at the core of schooling, and the roles they assume and types of leadership they engage in are multi-dimensional. Teacher leadership comes in many shapes and definitions. In this sense, both opportunities and challenges exist in teacher leadership. While national competencies continue to define dispositional and knowledge base for teacher leaders, there is still work to be done to define and add to the body of scholarship on this topic. Teacher leadership opportunities provide development for teachers as a key retention strategy; however, role ambiguity presents challenges in how to empower teachers for formal and informal roles of leadership while maintaining the teacher identity. Empowering Formal and Informal Leadership While Maintaining Teacher Identity provides a comprehensive look at the opportunities and challenges of teacher leadership, drawing on research and practice that add to the body of knowledge for teacher leadership, which is a niche in education that differs from educational administration. Highlighted topics within this book include models for teacher leadership, teacher education, types of leadership roles, the development and retention of teacher leaders, and leadership across different types of school districts. This book is ideally designed for inservice and preservice teachers, administrators, teacher educators, practitioners, researchers, academicians, and students interested in teacher leadership roles and the way in which teacher identity is maintained in relation to these other leadership positions.