123 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester, VT 05446
COURSE FULL – New Course Added
Instructor: Annie O’Shaughnessy
Dates: Jan. 23 – May 1, 2017
Face to Face Dates: 1/23, 2/20, 3/27, & 4/17
HYBRID: Online with edu2.0 including 4 face to face meetings
This course was developed based on the premise that most teachers and students want to be part of a learning community where students feel:
● focused and relaxed.
● connected, honored and respected.
● engaged, curious and excited to learn.
● safe to take risks and speak authentically.
● supported to begin again after failure.
● challenged and willing to stretch their abilities.
In this course we will explore Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as foundational and interdependent practices central to developing this kind of learning community. While class meetings will be primarily experiential in order to develop an embodied understanding of mindful awareness and restorative work, online material and assignments will challenge participants to become fluent in the principles, science and research that support them. Emphasis is placed on each educator’s unique goals and teaching styles, providing structure, resources and support for the tricky, often challenging work of teaching content while building community and attending to the social and emotional needs of students. Finally, participants will experience the power of Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as tools within a reflective practice, looking closely together at our teaching life.
Restorative Practices and Mindfulness can be seen as interdependent. In a classroom where a teacher practices Mindfulness, an environment of compassionate curiosity arises. From this compassionate curiosity a different way of responding arises in the face of the challenging situations and unexpected behaviors from students and the challenging emotions and thoughts from within our own minds. This “different way” essentially expresses the basic principles of Restorative Practices: open and authentic communication with the goal of “righting wrongs,” building or re-building trust, and strengthening community. Further, the success of Restorative Practices depends on a teacher’s ability to remain a grounded, mindful, nonjudgmental presence while students develop the skills of relaxed, curious focus—both of which Mindfulness provides.
This course is for the educator or helping professional who is ready to commit to a full exploration of these principles and practices in a way that invites significant shifts in how he or she teaches, counsels or manages others.
Course Objectives Participants will:
– Learn about the science of mindfulness.
– Review research related to how mindful awareness activities and restorative practice (RP) affect classroom learning, executive functioning and behavior.
– Learn how to talk to students and colleagues about mindfulness and RP with intelligence and spirit.
– Develop a personal practice of mindfulness in and out of the classroom.
– Experience the Circle Process and have opportunities to lead.
– Use mindful investigation and analysis to improve teaching practice.
– Design and implement mindfulness activities that are developmentally appropriate and that feel authentic to the teacher.
– Learn how RP works to improve classroom culture, decrease behavioral incidents and increase positive academic risk-taking.
– Explore the many different ways RP can look in a classroom—from affective statements and compassionate inquiry to circle process and collaborative problem solving.
– Explore how RP can be woven into content instruction.
– Understand how Mindfulness and RP work interdependently.
includes book: Rechtschaffen, D. (2014). The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students
Standards are for Teaching
Standard 3: Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
Standard 8 : Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep
understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually
evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community) and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
Standard 2: An education leader promotes the success of every learner by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to learning and staff professional growth.
Standard 5: An education leader promotes the success of every learner by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical