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Mindful Conferences

October 28, 2018


Parent-teacher conferences were held last week, and I was delighted to reunite with at least a dozen former students, whose offspring now sit in chairs they once did (partly because we still have desks from the 1990s–and they’re still in fine shape). After a quarter-century in the district, I simply begin my classes by asking […]

Mindfulness & the Self-Care Toolbox

October 20, 2018


We're doing this so we can calm down and learn better.

When Helping Students Helps the Teacher: Mindfulness for Teachers

October 8, 2018


Hello, friends. In my last post, I interviewed a friend and colleague from the Eastern Michigan Writing Project Teacher Research group, Kris Gedeon. In today’s post, I’d like to introduce you to another colleague from the group: Beth Shaum. Beth has used mindfulness practices in the classroom, but also, she has found that mindfulness practices […]

Mindfulness for Teachers: An Interview with Kris Gedeon

September 30, 2018


For four years now, I’ve been teaching mindfulness meditation and other self-care practices to my high school students. As a teacher researcher, I’ve shared my story and my research with colleagues at our regular, monthly meetings of the Eastern MI Writing Project Teacher Research group, and in professional development workshops for educators at Inside Out […]

Caring For the Concussed in the Classroom

August 14, 2018


“My dome doesn’t need that anymore, honestly,” he said. “It did me in.” I just read this beautifully written story about a college football player: ‘Like you just have no brain after the game.’ Inside a UNC lineman’s concussion ordeal. by Andrew Carter ( Having experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this story was difficult […]

Mindful Eating Part 2

August 9, 2018


In a previous blog, I discussed how I came to adopt “intermittent fasting” as a way to cut calories by limiting the time I allow myself to eat in order to shed some pounds. By being mindful of my own body’s hunger signals rather than eating 3 times per day, I have begun to lose […]

Mindful Eating

August 6, 2018


“Training your mind to be in the present moment is the #1 key to making healthier choices.” – Susan Albers A couple of years ago, my doctor suggested that I lose some weight. My sister, my cousin, and I commiserated at the family picnic that August, as we had all received the same message, like […]