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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861715675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715671
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Education is an area that has been crying out for mindfulness. Schoeberlein's book makes a helpful contribution to a growing body of literature and curricula on how to bring secular contemplative practices, including cultivating kindness, into school systems. It's replete with techniques to help teachers ground themselves amid the chaos and tension of the classroom, and related techniques that teachers can use to guide students--helping them enjoy being at school, learn better, and get along well with others." (Shambhala Sun)

"Reflection can become the new basic "R" of education, promoting social and emotional learning while cultivating resilience and resourcefulness in students of all ages. In this wonderful book, the authors have provided a user-friendly guide to developing a teacher's own way of reflecting on the nature of the mind and on becoming open to present experience--of being "mindful"--that can help develop reflection as a way of living and of teaching. Consider this book an invitation to try on a research-proven focus of attention that nurtures emotional balance, promotes bodily health, supports empathic relationships, and even strengthens the brain. What more could we ask for ourselves as teachers and for our students who deserve to be taught in a way the prepares them for life from the inside out?" (Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. author, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation &The Mindful Brain: Reflection & Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being)

"A gift for educators, helpful in any classroom, for any teacher and with every student." (Goldie Hawn, children's advocate and founder of the Hawn Foundation)

"This timely volume brings the teaching of mindfulness from the sphere of spiritual traditions into the purview of general education. Devoid of jargon and deeply enriching to students and teachers alike, this contemplative approach promotes new skills that lead to gaining focus, balance, and enjoyment." (Dalia Judovitz, Ph.D., Contemplative Practice Fellow and NEH Professor at Emory University)

"A terrific contribution to understanding why mindfulness belongs in the classroom and a gentle guide on how to weave it into activities." (Gianni Faedda, M.D., author of Parenting a Bipolar Child)

"A wise and sensible guide, a generous gift to teachers and students alike." (Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean of The Juilliard School)

"A treasure-trove of practical strategies, and an exceptionally important contribution to the field!" (Richard C. Brown, chair of the Contemplative Education Department, Naropa University)

"Many teachers often sense there is a mysterious element to their teaching, something that impacted their effectiveness even more than the material they were offering. This book reveals that element, and offers many specific ways to cultivate, harness, and incorporate it. A must-read for those interested in the potential of education." (Soren Gordhamer, author of Wisdom 2.0)

"A rich resource for teachers, school counselors, and faculty involved in preparing the next generation of educators. I can't wait to share this book with my colleagues and students." (Susan Theberge, Ed.D., professor of education at Keene State College)

"Offers hands-on tools, exercises, and insights tempered by the voice of experience that help to build relationships with students and engage them in learning, and that will renew teachers' own energy, passion, and commitment." (Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, vice president of the Search Institute)

About the Author

Deborah Schoeberlein has over twenty years experience teaching students in grades five through twelve. She is the Executive Director of the Basalt School Health Center. She lives in Basalt, Colorado.

Suki Sheth, PhD, received her doctorate from Columbia University in 1999. While pursuing her studies, she worked as a teaching assistant with undergraduate and graduate school students. Since returning to her home in Mumbai, India, Suki has tutored teenagers in physics and math. In her spare time, she takes adult education classes in philosophy and hikes in the Himalayas, exploring the mountains of India, Nepal, and Tibet.

More About the Author

Deborah Schoeberlein is a teacher, education consultant and curriculum developer. An author, most recently of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything (Wisdom Publications, 2009), Deborah has been widely published in professional journals, trade magazines and online resources. Since 2010, the Huffington Post has regularly featured Deborah's blogs on mindfulness, education and many other topics.

Deborah presents mindfulness techniques relevant to daily life and stress management. In the past year, she developed and implemented programs for various populations including health care providers, law enforcement officials, and people receiving mental health services. Scientific measurement of the efficacy of Deborah's training model is underway with an internationally recognize researcher.

Deborah also continues working with students and teachers bringing mindfulness to educational settings. In October, 2011, she gave the opening plenary address at the Mindfulness in Education Conference sponsored by Stanford University School of Education and the Stanford University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. Previously, she consulted for the international program Mindfulness without Borders, provided curricular support for the Hawn Foundation and served as the Founding Director of the Garrison Institute's Initiative on Contemplation and Education.

Customer Reviews

All I can say is WOW!
Teach 4 Life
Rather, they provide examples that can inspire teachers to find ways to infuse their days with mindfulness that work for them.
Richard R. Brady
It is simple and accessible, as well as compelling and thought provoking.
Angela Leemhuis

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Brady on August 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Even educators with well established mindfulness practices can find it a challenge to maintain mindfulness at work. What might mindful teaching look like? What can one do to support it? Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything by Deborah Schoeberlein (Wisdom Publications, available in early September) answers these questions. It's an important new resource for all teachers, regardless of their previous experience with mindfulness practice. In her book, Schoeberlein paints a detailed picture of a day in the life of a mindful teacher. The day begins with waking up to mindful breathing and setting an intention. It ends that night with meditating on one's satisfaction with the day. In between, there are many informal practices, described by Schoeberlein, which teachers can use throughout the school day, on their own or in their interactions with students. These descriptions aren't a prescription for mindful teaching. Rather, they provide examples that can inspire teachers to find ways to infuse their days with mindfulness that work for them.

Teaching mindfully is already a great gift to students. It's where many teachers might stop, not feeling that teaching mindfulness practices to their students is possible in their situation. However, mindful teaching changes classroom environments, creating new opportunities. Further, Schoeberlein's many examples of ways to teach mindfulness can suggest possibilities for such teaching even with what might seem to be the most challenging student populations and curricula. Schoeberlein gives formal instructions for each student mindfulness activity. However, as with her informal teacher practices and with the approaches described in my book, Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning, these examples best serve to inspire teachers to develop approaches that fit their specific situations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sharon G. Solloway on August 23, 2009
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I found this book to be appropriate for all teachers and students no matter the extent of experience with mindfulness practice. I was a first grade teacher before I was a university professor. I began my mindfulness meditation practice in 1996 while I was still a first grade teacher. As I read this book, I found myself thinking that the information was as relevant for my former first grade students as it is for my university students today. I also thought how blessed it would have been for both me and my first grade students if this book had been available to me then. I am delighted to have access to so many mindfulness practice activities for the classroom between the same two covers. I imagine it as my ready companion as I plan my mindfulness course activities each week this year. ...sharon solloway
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stanhope Cunningham on December 10, 2009
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As a mindfulness mentor in two local school districts, I was delighted to find Deborah's book which provides such succinct, yet complete methods teachers can use to develop mindfulness in their own lives, both before and after school and then to embody its awareness, balance and compassion in their classes. The book gives a variety of practices to use with students, which will be of much help in relaxing, focusing and motivating them at any K-12 level and in any curriculum. It is the only book so far that seems to address all of these needs in a very user friendly, yet deep and caring way.

As an educator with over 30 years of teaching experience at all levels, I look forward to using it in two local school districts as well as in other organizations here in the Modesto, California, area.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne M. Riolo on August 23, 2009
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This book brings back the joys and passion of teaching and the wonderment of learning, a two way street for both the teacher and the student. In this new age, one of the many frustrations of teaching is that teachers do not see the stamina, perseverance and desire in many students to sustain learning. Using the techniques in this guide will make both teachers and students life-long learners. Finally, a book that really concentrates on teaching as a craft and as something that is most precious. Thank you,Deborah. I intend to share copies with my English Department at my school this September.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teach 4 Life on August 23, 2009
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All I can say is WOW! The author has managed to take a subject which can seem a bit daunting and make it accessible, understandable, and usable. Her use of first hand experiences makes this material come to life, I for one can't wait to use it in my classrooms this fall. Any teacher or really any parent should grab a copy, and give these techniques a try.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Robbiano on August 23, 2009
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Deborah Schoeberlein takes the reader through this journey with humor and instructive insight. Her stepwise instructions are practical and applicable. One can feel her calm spirit from the start. We are guided in such a way as to lift the topic from the one dimensional onward, to touch all the senses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tropical Gypsy on May 2, 2014
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I use this book for my kids. I want to them to develop an inner life, even at a very young age. The activities and the suggestions for mindfulness exercises in this book is very useful... especially when working with young kids
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Humanity In Action on August 23, 2009
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Deborah Schoeberlein has found just the right way to write about what she knows and what she wants her readers to know. Her book is clearly written --inviting and expansive.There is much to learn--and so many ways to go about learning--by exploring this concise study.Mindfulness is a vast subject that, at its best, involves teaching others and oneself.
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