Publication Date

5-2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts in the Teaching of English (MATE)

First Advisor

Dr. Leslie Turpin

Abstract

Stress is a malady pervasive in today’s culture, which schools are not immune. Teachers are under pressure to raise standardized test scores while students spend more of each day sitting in their seats trying to learn increasingly more abstract concepts at younger ages. All of this leads to a stressful environment. However, there are tools and skills that can be learned to minimize the stress an individual encounters and provide a means to live with more engagement, creativity, and happiness. The author uses his twenty years of meditation and yoga experience to create materials that teachers can implement in their personal lives and in the classroom. This project begins with an introduction to mindfulness and a review of the exciting research demonstrating the benefits of regular mindfulness meditation practice. Next, the author reflects on his experiences working with classes and what he gleaned that can be applicable to teachers wanting to implement mindfulness in their classrooms. Finally, there are a multitude of mindfulness practices for teachers to use in their lives to create more balance and harmony within.

Disciplines

Humane Education | Other Education | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development