Introduction from Dennis Shirley
Welcome to the The Mindful Teacher. This is a website that is designed to provide a virtual community of inquiry and practice for all educators who are seeking more mindful and humanistic schools and systems.
This website is organized into three sections. The first section is entitled “Practice.” It provides resources, including guided meditation tapes that are specifically designed for educators to assist us with calming our bodies and focusing our minds before, during, and after school. It also provides reviews of mindfulness apps and other resources for meditation practice.
The second section is entitled “Learn.” It provides access to new research on mindfulness and education. Some of this research will have a focus on the impact of new technologies on our schools and systems. Additionally, it will explore whether or not it is possible and desirable to use new technologies mindfully in schools. It also includes interviews with teachers and researchers that explore mindfulness from a variety of perspectives.
The third section is entitled “Connect.” Here we will provide you with prompts to support dialogue and exchange with other educators about our efforts to support greater mindfulness in education. We especially welcome comments from educators who find creating more mindful classroom environments to be challenging. If we are honest and open about how difficult this can be in our schools, we can provide greater levels of support for one another.
We face many challenges, and have many great opportunities, in the education profession today. The Mindful Teacher seeks to provide a new space to explore those challenges and opportunities with one another. Thank you for your interest and for your dedication. Enjoy!
Dr. Dennis Shirley, Director
Tim Lindgren, Instructional Design and eTeaching Services at Boston College.
Rich Scheiber, Media Technology Services, Boston College