While our children are at school how do we ensure that the teachers are mindful of their passions and learning? How do we ensure our child’s individual needs are met? Each child is unique and has certain learning strengths and weaknesses, therefore, mindfulness is vital to achievement.
This past Wednesday on the #PTCHAT educators, parents, principals, and other stakeholders gathered with special guest, Sean Grainger (@graingered) to discuss how to increase mindfulness in teaching and learning. Sean Grainger is the author of KARE Givers and has been a school counselor and is now a vice principal. He has been an educator for 16 years helping at-risk students achieve.
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Here were some of the great ideas shared:
Parentella: I’m looking forward to discussing how to increase mindfulness in teaching & learning!
Graingered: In context of teaching, mindfulness to me means “wherever you go, there you are.” It means slowing things down to a speed that recognizes the critical value in experience, the journey, not the destination.
flourishingkids: great resources: Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen Langer http://www.ellenlanger.com/books/2/the-power-of-mindful-learning
MollyBMom: Mindfulness in my teaching is understanding that I am there to support students ??? in learning 2 help them solve.
cybraryman1: You have to start where the child is at & build from there. We have to teach how children learn.
GaryBrannigan: Mindful teaching to me is helping students achieve a productive mindset for learning and living
Graingered: Mindful teaching & learning is a classic fit for all those developmentalists out there… where kids are at–>
Pughamy: being aware of the environment and willing to adjust for each learner
MarieTN: @cybraryman1: @Parentella: so true. Teachers seem to have to cover so much in the curriculum.
fiteach:Too often we as teachers and students are thinking about what is coming next rather than what is happening now.
reaneawilson: as a librarian what can i do to help parents and teachers start where the kds are at?
mrs_honeysett: to me mindfulness is being reflective and intentional in designing learning experiences…
PititaCarita: Mindful teachers leave a positive impact for years & years, whatever the style.
FlyontheCWall: slow down to speed up, take time to really know the kids, build on individual strengths and address individual needs
flexie: mindfulness of children’s passions when exploring learning experiences
Graingered: And who will be “here” to point where “here” is productive, visceral, enjoyable and memorable.
Parentella was created to solve the issue of parent and educator communication at elementary, middle school and high school levels. As part of this mission, we are hosting weekly #PTCHAT discussions to encourage a productive dialogue between parents and educators. We hope you will join us Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.