- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Parallax Press (August 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937006743
- ISBN-13: 978-1937006747
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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Teach, Breathe, Learn provides valuable insights and practical tips for educators. It is a wonderful toolbox, ideal for both professional and personal development.”Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D., Lecturer, Dept. of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health; Co-author, Savor
A must-have for mindful teachers. Teach, Breathe, Learn is chock full of useful resources. It shows why and how mental fitness enhances teaching and increases learning. Srinivasan is a teachers’ teacher, and her authentic and authoritative voice communicates practical wisdom with gentleness and grace.”Deborah Schoeberlein David, M.Ed., Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness
"Now is the time to transform our Educational system for the sake of our children. We need to think outside the box and embrace new approaches that can draw out our deep inner resources. Mindfulness offers a way for us to tap into the inner resilience, focus and wellbeing that are already inside us. Teach, Breathe, Learn is a key that unlocks this inner potential. This book makes mindfulness accessible for teachers everywhere and is a great resource for sharing mindfulness with young people. It is a helpful tool for parents and educators of all backgrounds. As an accomplished international educator and dedicated mindfulness practitioner, Meena Srinivasan brings these two worlds together in this compelling book, showing how to embed mindfulness into teaching and life. Meena’s current work implementing Social Emotional Learning in the Oakland public school district embodies her commitment to transforming our nation’s education system from the inside out."Congressman Tim Ryan, A Mindful Nation
"Teach, Breathe, Learn is a very readable, insightful book, filled with wisdom, that makes crystal clear the power of mindfulness in the classroom and how it can transform students’ lives.”Theo Koffler, Founder, Mindfulness Without Borders
Meena Srinivasan's authentic teacher's voice narrates her journey into mindfulness both in and out of the classroom. Teach, Breathe, Learn is a delicious masala of recipes for any educator interested in mapping their own journey into mindfulness.”Lauren Alderfer, Ph.D., Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda
Meena Srinivasan's experienced and kind voice, her respect for her colleagues, and her inclusion of the voices of her students demonstrates a lived understanding of the interconnection that mindfulness reveals. This is a careful and comprehensive guide to mindful teaching and learning."Mirabai Bush, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
"Teach, Breathe, Learn provides an intimate look into the life and teaching of an experienced mindfulness practitioner. Meena Srinivasan beautifully describes developing and sharing mindfulness lessons with students and teachers and using these same mindfulness practices in her own life. Richard Brady, President, Mindfulness in Education Network
This truly is authentic social and emotional learning in action! Srinivasan combines personal mindfulness practice with her skills as a gifted classroom teacher to produce a model for all who seek to explore and develop mindfulness in education.Kevin Hawkins, Middle School Principal, International School of Prague
Meena Srinivasan offers an inspiring vision of what a truly mindful education can look like. Her eloquent personal anecdotes and lesson plans are a guide into a new and transformative educational paradigm.”Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, The Way of Mindful Education
Clear, honest, and heartfelt. Teach, Breathe, Learn is a book by a truly exceptional teacher. It addresses the day-to-day realities of classroom teaching and offers teachers very practical ways to share specific skills to help students cultivate inner and outer peace throughout their school day, and in their lives beyond the classroom.”Amy Saltzman M.D., A Still Quiet Place
This book offers a model of teaching that can be embraced by any teacher ready to commit to a journey of self-awareness, mindfulness, and authenticity. Meena’s students demonstrate, in their own words, what it means to be human and to live with gratitude and compassion.” Prajna Hallstrom, Founder of the Karuna School: A High School for Peace
About the Author
Meena Srinivasan is an Indian-American international educator and thought leader in the field of mindfulness in education. She was one of the youngest educators to be awarded the prestigious National Board Certification. A contributor to United Nations publications on inclusive education, Srinivasan earned an Mster's degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Amherst College. Her international outlook on education was enhanced by spending her junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics. She has taught Middle and High School students in Brazil, India, and California and currently works for the Oakland Unified School District's Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Development Team.
Meena is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh and was involved in the creation of his bestselling book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, was Core Faculty of the Mindful Education Institute, and served on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum's exhibit, Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Meena is also a recipient of the 2014 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship.
Meena lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Eurasian-American Filmmaker, Chihiro Wimbush. Bringing together their passion for education, media, mindfulness and social justice, Meena and Chihiro started A Lens Inside, a fiscally sponsored project of United Charitable Programs - a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. A Lens Inside develops multimedia and film productions to create curriculum programs that address the exploration of social issues.
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My critiques are that the book feels slightly disorganized, particularly towards the beginning. She repeats herself a few times and some chapters feel extraneous. Additionally, I have to admit that the tone is very cloying at times. I am glad she loves her students so much and has a sincere passion for mindfulness, but some of the activities and wording she proposes would certainly elicit eye rolls from my students (the same way saying "ok kids, let's all sing kumbaya!" would). But, as with any curriculum, I think you have to make it your own, so I'll be adapting most of her wording. Maybe it sounds good coming out of her mouth, because her students do seem to really connect with the curriculum (according to her ancedotes).
I would recommend this as a good starting book for any teacher interested in beginning a mindfulness program in their classroom. However, I have found another book -- Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens -- to be a more comprehensive, critical guide to starting mindfulness in your classroom. I would recommend reading it after reading Srinivasan's book (or instead, if you're someone who can't handle cloying things). This thicker, denser book handles more of the practical questions (such as "what if kids laugh or don't want to participate or fall asleep?") and goes in depth into other topics, such as how a mindfulness curriculum relates to diversity, how it varies by age group, and how it builds students' cultural competencies as well.
Overall I am glad I read this book, but didn't feel like it alone was enough to build a well-researched, age-appropriate mindfulness curriculum for my students. Plan to pair it with a variety of other guides and resources.