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Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness Practices

Cultivating Heart Centered Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish

By: Christine Mason, Michele M. Rivers Murphy, Yvette Jackson

Build compassionate classrooms and mindful schools that prioritize both learning and well-being. Based on the latest neuroscience research, this book provides mindfulness exercises as well as trauma-informed practices for creating positive learning environments.

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Creating a positive learning environment through mindfulness in schools

Build compassionate classroom environments and mindful schools that prioritize high levels of achievement and high levels of well-being. Based on the latest neuroscience research, Mindfulness Practices details how mindfulness in schools can lead to new, improved ways of educating, learning, and living. The book’s mindful education exercises are easily adaptable across grade levels—from prekindergarten through high school—as well as across urban, suburban, and rural school settings.

Mindfulness exercises and trauma-informed practices for a positive learning environment:

  • Explore the theory behind mindful education, including the interrelated nature of physiology, cognition, emotions, and mindfulness for students.
  • Learn how mindfulness in schools contributes to a positive mindset, alleviates the impact of toxic stress, and takes advantage of neuroplasticity.
  • Understand the effects of trauma and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) on student behavior and the ability to learn, and discover trauma-informed practices that support healing.
  • Acquire research-based mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, yoga for the classroom, meditation for students, and cognitive reflection and awareness.
  • Reignite the passion that first drew you to education and prioritize self-care for yourself and your students.
  • Discover how to build a heart-centered learning community in classrooms and create mindful schools.

Related Topics

Classroom Management & Behavior Diversity & Equity Instruction Social and Emotional Learning

Additional Information

Product Code: BKF833

ISBN: 9781947604063

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 208

“This profound book points the way for teachers, students, and whole school systems to transform into more mindful and compassionate communities. The authors integrate their expertise in contemplative practices, social justice, neuroscience, and educational leadership in a road map for mindfulness-based education. With eloquent research-based writing, this book can show educators how to transform stress and trauma and create more equitable and peaceful learning environments.”

Daniel Rechtschaffen, author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook

“‘Compassion is quintessential.’ Wow, we have been searching for this! Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered School Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish is like a breath of fresh air and includes the recipe for success for students and adults. Mason, Rivers Murphy, and Jackson create a sense of urgency, offer practical techniques, and give a road map for us to follow for creating compassionate learning communities complete with case studies and mindful reflection questions. Mindfulness practices are the true way to meet the needs of everyone we serve!”

David G. Hornak, superintendent, Holt Public Schools; executive director, National Association for Year-Round Education

“Unprecedented numbers of students across the United States are entering classrooms having had traumatic experiences and toxic stress that can profoundly impact their ability to succeed academically and socially within society. Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered School Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish is a pivotal read that outlines the tremendous impact trauma has on the brain and the moral imperative that we have, as educators, to meet the challenge of “educating with our hearts and minds.” Mindfulness Practices provides a powerful rationale for transformational change coupled with practical examples from the field and a host of exercises that can be immediately implemented from the classroom to district level.”

Eric Cardwell, Besser Elementary principal, Alpena Public Schools, Michigan

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  • Hope for the Future

    A book for educators, this book also speaks to anyone who cares about our children and our future. The authors discuss revamping our social system to better meet the needs of low income as well as racially marginalized students. Consider all the prejudices that STILL exist in our society.

    In order to rebuild our country so that kids are listened to and have hope, educators need more training, to help them understand perhaps what they may never have been taught. Compassion and understanding seem to clear the slates to greater acceptance and inclusion, pride and hope in our society.

    America can do far better than we are doing. This book teaches about compassion, and lifelong coping skills that actually only take 3-4 minutes a day. Learning is so much more than facts and history and equations. Learning must reach into understanding thoughts, feelings not only ours, but also others. Feeling acceptance and giving acceptance lead to team work instead of barriers.

    To rebuild America, to instill values of compassion and caring, will take decades.

    We need to START with our children and with support of their parents. With mindful practices, children will open up and be better positioned to learn. This process NEEDS to start somewhere. The sooner the better for all of us.

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