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Mindfulness for Teachers

EDUC-941
3 Credits
Online
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EDUC-941
3 Credits
Online
No Ratings
Mindfulness is an approach that helps teachers and students navigate the social-emotional challenges of the classroom. For teachers, mindful awareness cultivates a compassionate 'noticing' of the internal and external experience of teaching. Teachers who both sense and observe these experiences can respond to classroom circumstances rather than react to them.

Mindful teachers describe increased empathy, interpersonal connection, and enjoyment of teaching. Students of mindful teachers are more likely to be engaged, on-task, self-regulated, and joyful in their learning. This course presents empirically proven mindfulness practices that will empower you to improve classroom culture, respond to positive and unpleasant emotions, and develop a routine of caring for yourself and others.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

Candi Reimer

Instructor
As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.