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Welcoming the Unwelcome

Holiday stress. Climate change. Local and national political issues. At times we may survey the state of our schools and the world and wonder — how are we supposed to teach in the midst of all of this? Life is messy. The world is messy. And at times in our schools (especially during the holidays), […]

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Mindfulness for Educators 101

In this edition of Teaching Tips we explore another strand of our work – mindfulness. We define mindfulness as the natural human capacity to pay attention to our experience as it is happening in real time. Unfortunately, our current way of life typically overrides this innate capacity— and we too often unwittingly train ourselves in […]

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Being Present in Times of Fear and Worry

This is Part 3 of a six-part series on the Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching. Part 1 –  A “Compass” for Our Times Part 2 – Cultivating an Open Heart Being Present Since we last wrote, another school shooting has turned the world of educators upside down. This tragedy, which irrevocably changed the lives of everyone in […]

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Cultivating an Open Heart

This is Part 2 of a six-part series on the Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching. Part 1 –  A “Compass” for Our Times   “We do not really see through our eyes or hear through our ears, but through our beliefs.” ~Lisa Delpit, Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom     We have a […]

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