How cultivating mindfulness helps teachers
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This article, published on the Greater Good website in March 2015, highlights the value of cultivating a mindfulness practice for teachers. It proposes that practicing mindfulness can help teachers buffer the effects of stressful, emotionally demanding classrooms, such as feeling burnt-out and discouraged, and help promote calm in the classroom. In particular, this article outlines seven ways that developing mindfulness is valuable to teachers, including helping to (1) increase teacher’s emotional understanding, (2) enable clearer communication with students, (3) manage difficult behavior, (4) set up a positive learning environment for students, (5) strengthen teacher-student relationships, (6) slow down the pace when needed, and (6) build community.
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