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5.0 out of 5 stars Practice and Teach Human Being, January 17, 2010
This review is from: A Settled Mind: Stress Reduction for the Classroom and Beyond (Paperback)
A Settled Mind by Kimberly Post Rowe is very grounding. This book opens a window onto ways a
teacher can integrate stress-reduction techniques into their own practice of human being as well as encourage it in their students. Any tool that guides us how to be more present in our body should be welcome in education. As an at-risk high school teacher I find more and more I need to take time with my students simply reminding them to breathe; to stop and become present before tumbling away from themselves.

Rowe has defined ways to playfully encourage children to attend to the natural rhythm of their breath and body responses. Society has become so geared to faster and more, Rowe's instruction guide alters the pace at which we approach a lesson. She simplifies the complexity of settling a group of active kids into a focused center.

Rowe's lessons are designed for a variety of levels and a mix of approaches, taking into consideration curriculum content areas as well. Her simple exercises allow the student to connect-the-dots of life.
The excerpts she has peppered throughout her text are familiar and inspiring and could also be further utilized and expanded upon in the classroom.

If a child learns a new way to listen to and hear their own breath and gain control of this mysterious body function, which most of us are conditioned to ignore, their world and undoubtedly the whole world could improve.

A Settled Mind is important, educational, and understandable on many levels. Kudos to Kimberly Post Rowe for venturing into a mostly uncharted classroom territory and potentially saving one kid at a time.
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