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Mindful Teacher, Mindful School


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Chapter 1: Shifting The Focus Chapter 2: Mindfulness: What is it? How can it help? Chapter 3: Being Mindful: Stress Management and Self-Care Chapter 4: Teaching Mindfully Part 1: Bringing Mindful Awareness Into Our Classrooms Part 2: Mindfulness and Relationship Competence in Teacher Training Chapter 5: Teaching Mindfulness Chapter 6: Mindfulness, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Wellbeing Part 1: Situating Mindful Awareness Training In Schools Part 2: Mindfulness Based SEL in the classroom Chapter 7: Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Changing School Cultures Chapter 8: Beyond Our Classrooms: Aligning with the Wider World


This book has a great deal to offer anyone with even the slightest curiosity as to what mindfulness entails and what it can offer. -- Dr Amy Burns * Education Canada *

If there is hope for deep societal change, it surely must rest on rethinking and recreating our industrial-age education system. It is within this context that we need to view the growing interest in mindfulness in schools, which could, potentially, help guide us toward a system of education truly oriented toward human development. But it could also end up as just another in a long line of educational fads. Work like that of Kevin Hawkins - based on the science and practice of cultivating mindfulness and grounded in extensive practical experience in schools - could tell the difference.

-- Peter M. Senge
This book is a journey we need to go on in order to grow, learn and flourish as educators and learners. [...] Hawkins has filled my empty tank back up with hope and optimism for the future of our schools.

-- Hannah Smith * Schools Week *

This book is written for teachers, by a teacher. Kevin truly understands the joys of teaching and the desire to make a real difference to students' lives, as well as the challenges and risks of burnout that most teachers experience on a daily basis. It provides teachers with the essential skills for self-care that will allow them to thrive in their professional and personal lives. It also offers a straightforward, natural progression: from being mindful, to teaching mindfully and engaging students, to teaching students mindfulness, and finally developing and sustaining a mindful school culture. Mindful Teacher, Mindful School is an excellent resource for those who want to begin, or to deepen, their own personal mindfulness practice, and to share their practice with students and the wider school community.

-- Amy Saltzman
Kevin has managed something I haven't seen before in a book aimed at educators - he has combined theory with practice and real life stories and with a credibility borne out of experience. Without doubt, mindfulness will play a huge part in supporting the wellbeing of students and teachers. One of the best ways to incorporate mindfulness in a school is for teachers to experience and model it, before they teach it. Crucially, this book shows how to do exactly that... -- Malcolm Nicolson
In Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, Kevin Hawkins presents a rich developmental approach to educating the whole child. This book illustrates how mindfulness can enrich teaching and the lives of teachers and students. But Hawkins also is appropriately cautious in suggesting that teachers take time to develop their own practice and awareness. The book is full of practices that can help teachers and all educators embody mindfulness in their daily life. This is quite a gift! -- Mark T. Greenberg Ph.D
Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, contains real depth of understanding about this important new mindfulness-based approach to education. Radiating from a central theme of teacher self-care, Kevin Hawkins invites the reader to explore the richness of truly international perspectives on mindful awareness and social emotional learning. In an easily readable and common sense fashion he skillfully weaves together research, practice exercises, educational applications, plus the author's and other teachers' own experiences. A rich and compelling tapestry, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, is an essential text. -- Richard C. Brown
This is an elegant and practical guide to cultivating mindfulness in school. With great clarity, wisdom, and warmth, Kevin Hawkins illuminates the paths for being mindful, teaching mindfully and teaching mindfulness. This book explains both the science and practice of mindfulness in school context. It offers teachers not only helpful resources but also accessible steps towards transforming themselves, their students, and their schools. -- Shui-fong Lam, Ph.D.
The Mindful Teacher is an invaluable resource for educators. Through his own experience as a school leader and classroom teacher, Kevin Hawkins offers a comprehensive, inspiring, and practical approach that makes mindfulness accessible to anyone working in school based settings. Each chapter beautifully builds on each other and helps us see how mindfulness can be a vehicle for not only transforming education but making the world a better place. -- Meena Srinivasan, M.A., N.B.C.T
What really matters in education? This book argues that it is educating the mind and heart, equipping the next generation not only with knowledge, but also with how to think, with qualities of curiosity, compassion, playfulness and resilience. Drawing on his immense repository of teaching experience and with deep humility Kevin Hawkins offers an invaluable toolkit for teachers and schools. Anyone using this toolkit will be standing on the shoulders of a a very skilful teacher who embodies what he teaches. -- Willem Kuyken

This book is indispensable for anyone who truly wants to understand what is involved in bringing mindfulness to K-12 education around the globe. Rather than seeing mindfulness as a set of classroom activities to be inserted into the status quo, Kevin Hawkins makes the case for the power of mindful awareness to be part of a much larger transformation of what and how we teach.

Proposing that we broaden the aims of education to include physical, mental and emotional well being, Hawkins situates mindfulness - first for adults and then for students - as a catalytic tool within this larger frame. Mindful Teachers Mindful Schools not only offers everything that someone new to the field needs to get up to speed but he also pinpoints deeply important truths for those of us already active in the field. This is a must read!

-- Rona Wilensky
In his new book Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, Kevin Hawkins takes us on a compelling personal and universal journey of self discovery that is at the heart of the art and discipline of mindfulness. Through this book, we learn that mindfulness has a rightful place in schools, as a powerful tool to help students learn to live in the present and improve their sense self awareness. Through anecdotes from schools around the world and through his own personal journey, Hawkins provides us with a down to earth and accessible approach for teachers and students alike to become more mindful human beings. -- Dr. Arnie Bieber

This is a book clearly written by an educator who knows mindfulness in schools from the inside. The strongest evidence for this is that Hawkins never gets carried away. He recognises that mindfulness is not a panacea, that to implement it successfully in schools is a slow and steady process, and that above all it must begin with the teachers themselves. But Hawkins also recognises how transformative mindfulness can be, having experienced it so profoundly himself as an educator in many different contexts. His anecdotes give it plenty of colour (my favourite is `Billy and the Mosquito'), whilst the practical guidance - Chapter 7 on implementation for example - makes it of tremendous practical value.

-- Richard Burnett

This book is elegant. For all of us aspiring to be educators it is an enduring reminder of our deep inheritance - what the great 13th century teacher, poet and mystic, Jalaludin Rumi, described as "two kinds of intelligence": one acquired, the other already complete and preserved inside you. Surely, both these intelligences are important. With humility and wisdom, Kevin Hawkins, a long-time educator, middle school principal and mindfulness practitioner, helps us remember the bounty of the "already completed" and the ways what is innate informs what is "acquired." With substance and grace, the lineages of education, psychology, and neuroscience converge as Hawkins illuminates the critically important role that mindfulness plays in the education of our children, their teachers, and we, their parents.

-- Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, Professor of Medicine
Mindfulness is certainly a buzz word at present and it's significance in schools is rapidly increasing, so it behoves all teachers to find out more about the process and how it can help in the classroom. Both new and experienced teachers can learn how to use mindfulness in their lives and in their teaching to support student well-being. Packed with DIY exercises, activities to use in the classroom, and links to resources and further reading, this practical book will help teachers achieve that all-important work-life balance. -- Sarah Brew

This would be a useful read for anyone who is interested in promoting teachers' or students' positive mental health - from an NQT, wanting to improve their own or their children's wellbeing, to a senior leader who might consider implementation on a whole-school level. It's particularly interesting for anyone with pastoral care responsibilities and PSHE leads, as well as any teacher who wants to consider what they can do to support their own wellbeing.

-- Nikki Able
Spiritual guru and best-selling author Eckhart Tolle tells us, if you want to start meditating, take one conscious breath in and one conscious breath out. In his book, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, international school veteran Kevin Hawkins takes this instruction to the next level by laying out a practical and insightful guide on how teachers can bring mindfulness to the classroom by first bringing it into their own lives and daily practice. He does this with a simplicity and elegance that can give even the most skeptical reader a clear path forward, providing specific tools and strategies to get you started. -- Cynthia Nagrath

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