Patricia Jennings, PhD – Mindful Teacher, Mindful Student 2018-10-19T18:01:37-06:00

Mindful Teacher, Mindful Student

Patricia Jennings, PhD

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What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the two reasons why your own mindfulness practice is the best tool in the classroom, and gain tools to start or strengthen your personal practice

  • Explore the two ways that kids react to trauma, and learn tools that you can use to help them self-regulate

  • Follow along in a breath-awareness practice that you can teach to your students today

About Patricia Jennings

Tish Jennings is an associate professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Her research focuses on building resilience among teachers and students to transform educational environments.

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  1. Kathy Hegberg October 19, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Tish is so eloquent and her thoughts and suggestions are reasonable, appropriate, and doable. Thank you!

  2. Sarah Chase October 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your beautiful words!

  3. Alicia October 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I’m just a couple of minutes in and the comments about teacher stress and how it affects the students, and it really resonates! 2 years ago, I had a VERY stressful year whereby I was sick from the beginning of October that culminated into pneumonia at Christmas and a month off during January. I finished the year and hated my job. Last year, was stressful but still an improvement from the previous year. I began doing some deep breathing, EFT, visualization and calming music. I brought some of that into the classroom a little bit, just feeling it out.

    Today, I use a 2 minute visualization or sometimes just 30 seconds. I sometimes throw music on, too. The kids just calm right down, and what a difference! It also has changed how I even speak to them in lesson mode. Much more calm. BTW, I teach K-7, 6 different classes every day. I teach French as a second language, thus behaviours often increase in my class.

  4. Joyce October 18, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Amazing!! I currently provide our Dynamic Mindfulness program trainings at schools and education related organization to improve personal and professional sustainability for staff, and developing pro-social behaviors and providing emotional regulation tools for students. I can’t thank you enough for the amazing research you and your colleagues have done and are currently doing for our educators and spreading the word of mindfulness in a scientific and data-based way.

    As one of the leading mindfulness researchers, I would love to hear your thoughts about our research findings and hope that you may find some relevant data within our studies to facilitate the great work that you and your colleagues are doing. If there is any way we can help support your work, please let me know!

    Thank you again for your dedication in helping to transform our education system to provide a more positive and mindful learning environment for all our students!!

  5. Cristina Anton October 18, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

    In order to help others we must be able to help us, first. We cannot teach something we don’t know. For being open to others we must be open to ourselves and learn to listen. We aren’t therapists, but we can learn some very simple exercises for coping with delicate situations. And we must learn to admit that sometime we simply cannot help. Thank you for these ideas!

  6. Kristin McKeown October 18, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Deep appreciation for the emphasis on teacher embodiment.

    It is so essential (and beneficial!) when an educator develops and deepens their own practice first. Whether they intend to teach mindfulness practices to their students or not, the students benefit from the teacher’s embodiment.

  7. Kristin McKeown October 18, 2018 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Deep appreciation for the emphasis on teacher embodiment.

    It is so essential and beneficial when an educator develops and deepens their own practice first. Whether they intend to teach mindfulness practices to their students or not, the students benefit from the teacher’s embodiment.

  8. Gena Adams-Riley October 18, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

    thank you for this outstanding interview and information sharing. i work in schools with teachers and kids and i found what you shared so true and i learned a great deal as well. some days i cannot figure out whom i want to be with more—teachers or the kids!? i

  9. Marcia October 18, 2018 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Loved it. I’ll be getting your book tomorrow and I am not even a teacher!!! Making the kids know that there is nothing wrong with their feelings and teaching them to accept them is a blessing. In this classroom we all live in mindfulness is paramount.

  10. Paz Villalobos October 18, 2018 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Thank you for all the work done for all the teachers. . It has make a big change in my teaching experience..

  11. Anitha October 18, 2018 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Thank you. The kind of work going on with kids and schools is amazing. You really inspired to explore the mindfulness practices. Thanks so much for sharing the insights.

  12. john yeo October 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    This is one of the most insightful sharing. I watched this four times and each time reveals a different way to examine some of the assumptions we often think is the ‘right’ thing to do in the classroom. It even allowed me to question the curriculum and infrastructures in place and/or need to urgently put in place in Singapore schools! I would definitely love to learn more about your awesome works and compassionate teaching.

  13. M.Adams October 17, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts. Your book is on my reading list!

  14. Irena Carlson October 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Tish, for your inspiring presentation! Beginning with ourselves…and then the children….gives one faith that maybe, just maybe…we can actually attain global consciousness someday. Thank you!

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