Writings

How to be a Mindful Teacher

At the beginning of my first year of teaching, I hung a sign on the wall of my bilingual third-grade classroom that said, “En este salón, todos son maestros y todos son estudiantes.” In this room, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. Without realizing it, I was voicing the philosophy behind the… Continue reading How to be a Mindful Teacher

Education, Guatemala, Mindfulness

Teenage Wisdom: on school, technology, and mindfulness.

At the end of each school year, I survey my students about what they liked and disliked about my class. The blessing and curse of teaching in the upper grades is that they are brutally honest and quite capable of expressing opinions. Here, I share some of my favorite student comments. God bless middle school… Continue reading Teenage Wisdom: on school, technology, and mindfulness.

Education, Guatemala, Karma yoga, Mindfulness

Surviving as a Middle School Teacher, thanks to Service Learning.

I am a teacher. I am also a student. Of life. Although this year has been one of my most challenging, career-wise, I have learned a lot from my 114 silly/studious/shy/social middle school students. I've had to remember the painful awkwardness of adolescence, in order to better empathize with their raging hormones and histrionic humor.… Continue reading Surviving as a Middle School Teacher, thanks to Service Learning.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the Middle School Classroom

At the beginning of my first year of teaching, I hung a sign on the wall of my bilingual third-grade classroom that said, “En este salón, todos son maestros y todos son estudiantes.” In this room, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. Without realizing it, I was voicing the philosophy behind the… Continue reading Mindfulness in the Middle School Classroom