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Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar shares ten tips to help teachers take a break and a breath much more often.

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These are all good ideas. I started taking an occasional day off towards end and felt good afterwards.

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How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent — MyScienceAcademy

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent — MyScienceAcademy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos of awe-inspiring landscapes, they used the slogan “Silence, Please”.


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Just to be is essential. I discovered that meditation and silence helped me as a teacher in unpredictable ways.
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Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I read more than a dozen studies — including systematic meta-reviews, which account for thousands of other papers — analyzing the best available research on mindfulness (in both students and adults) and talked to researchers and advocates involved in the work. I asked these experts what questions and concerns parents should have when they hear mindfulness is coming to their schools. (Scroll down for those questions.)

The short of it: The relatively few studies we have on mindfulness in schools suggest a generally positive effect on decreasing anxiety and increasing cognitive performance. But the hype around mindfulness also seems to be outpacing the science, especially when it comes to teaching these practices to children.

 

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Appears to be quite a comprehensive synthesis of the available research.


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Meditation and mindfulness are not cure-alls. They offer benefits, but we need to make sure they are not treated as fix-its.
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5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change

5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature?  Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress. 


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Be responsible, authentic, and positive. Take time and set boundaries. The last two are challenging for teachers. We end up rushing through days and not thinking about how that takes a toll on us.
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Child suicide attempts DOUBLED in the last decade, figures reveal

Child suicide attempts DOUBLED in the last decade, figures reveal | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In 2008, suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts accounted for 0.67 percent of child cases in 32 US hospitals. By 2015, that figure had more than doubled to 1.79 percent.

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The Eye of the Hurricane – Michael Jacobs – Medium

The Eye of the Hurricane – Michael Jacobs – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Inside, at the center, you reside. Around you there are other thoughts and energies that are not yours. When stillness is created, so is an awareness. The more the stillness is fed, the more the…
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A teacher I interviewed spoke about learning to stop and just be quiet in the middle of teaching. I discovered meditation and Yoga help, as well. Each teacher can approach being a mindful teacher in their particular way.
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The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A memo to the cardinals applies to executives as well.

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Excessive busyness and petrification stood out for me. I think the two go hand-in-hand. Taking time to breath and just be is essential in today's world. Also excessive planning goes against the idea we are each human with a particular narrative and subjectivity that filters a planned curriculum in schools. We each bring our own curriculum and course of living.
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Change Happens. How Adaptable Are You? - Mindful

Change Happens. How Adaptable Are You? - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Resilient leaders roll with the punches instead of doling them out.
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When I began to meditate and practice mindfulness in my teaching, I experienced a world of difference. I was more patient and able to pay attention to what I was doing. I also set priorities and adhered to them.
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Why you need emotional intelligence

Why you need emotional intelligence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Dr Travis Bradberry explains the difference emotional intelligence makes in the workplace, and its role in success.

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It helps us monitor ourselves and the world, including our interactions with other people. It is essential for teachers.
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Teaching Empathy with Concrete Examples

Teaching Empathy with Concrete Examples | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Making Caring Common” project suggests five ways to help kids demonstrate more empathy or kindness. They include using read alouds, exploring world geography, having a kindness competition, sit with someone new at lunch, and participating in community service.

Read alouds are one of my favorite ways to make issues relatable for my students. ReadBrightly is a great place to find ideas, including a list of picture books to help kids understand the refugee experience. But we must work to make empathy concrete beyond stories.

For starters, we must model empathy as we would any other skill. If you don’t listen to your students and use empathy as part of your classroom management, how likely are your students to show empathy to others?

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Forming empathy is challenging. Concrete examples make sense. Another approach might be to use literature and create dialogue about the literature. How does servant-leadership fit?
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WHAT MAKES AN APOLOGY EFFECTIVE & HEALING

WHAT MAKES AN APOLOGY EFFECTIVE & HEALING | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The context of apologies are relationships, be they between friends, lovers, families or nations. The goal of an apology is reconciliation and…

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There must be a possiblity of forgiveness that follows, even if it takes time.
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successful apologies heal because they satisfy one, if not more, psychological needs.

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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Empathy -- the ability to understand another person's experiences and emotions -- can be a powerful learning tool for students and an important outcome of

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What I found in my recent research and dissertation was the teachers I interviewed shared a common feature: empathy and sympathy for others.
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Personalising education by introducing the spiritual dimension - an antidote to linear standardised teaching

Personalising education by introducing the spiritual dimension - an antidote to  linear standardised teaching | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Educational ideas from Ireland 'Learning by Wandering' by Marie Martin I have just been looking at a book ,'Learning b
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This is an interesting idea. If we tap into who we as a person and the wisdom that precedes us, it breaks away from the monotony of sameness. Perhaps we conform to a certain way of teaching because it is easier. What if we imagined a different way of teaching that reached down into our souls?
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Public Indifference Is Trump's Greatest Asset on the Path to Autocracy

Public Indifference Is Trump's Greatest Asset on the Path to Autocracy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Can It Happen Here?
Jan 31, 2017 | 30 videos
Video by The Atlantic
This is a clear moment of crisis for Americans, says Atlantic senior editor David Frum. “We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States in decades,” he explains in this video. What can people do when Congress refuses to check the president, civil unrest fuels his agenda, and he uses Twitter to stifle dissent? Read more in The Atlantic’s March 2017 cover story, “How to Build an Autocracy.”
Authors: Daniel Lombroso, David Frum

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I have posted that it is rare I agree with David Frum. This is a time when I do not.
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What Does Spiritual Growth Have To Do With Life Success?

What Does Spiritual Growth Have To Do With Life Success? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The traditional tertiary and professional education largely involves developing intellect, in particular the skills of reasoning, analysis, problem-solving and memory. It trains us to see ourselves…
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"Spiritual growth helps create a vision of our highest purpose. It provides tools to raise our energy frequency, move away from ego and move towards the truth."

Ron Malhotra draws on William James, a pragmatist, in pointing towards spiritual growth's practical benefits. I don't mean we become more productive in our jobs, but brings a certain calmness to living.

When I began meditating and walking, I discovered many insights in these practices. They helped me be a better teacher, to be present to the person who spoke to me, and led to a calmness that had not been there before. It also led me away from the profession.
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These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) how to climb—but some have spent more time doing these things than others. Quiver trees, for […]

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Each part of nature, large and small, has a story to tell. Mountains tell a geologic story, trees an ecological one, and humans human stories. They are stores of surviving, thriving, and living.

Deep ecology looks for depth and richness in these stories that are not always evident. Deep pedagogy would be similar in many ways. Teaching becomes looking for what is not readily evident to the teacher. It is about learning through being sensitive to the students we meet each day.
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The Ego And The True Self (or, Three Great Quotes About The Inner Life)

The Ego And The True Self (or, Three Great Quotes About The Inner Life) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In his book Fear of Life: The Wisdom of Failure psychotherapist Alexander Lowen wrote that it is the fate of modern men and women (particularly in western society) to become neurotic. The Oxford…
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The crux of the article and quotes is to point out how humans, particularly in the Western world, place undue burdens on themselves. Tapping into the inner life, the Self, is essential to living a fuller life.
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Everything and everyone is connected.

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The winds picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn we must help our neighbor grow good corn.

---Author unknown.

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The moral of the story is simple: everything and everyone is related in the world. This is not by blood, but because we depend on each other in ways we cannot begin to imagine. Teachers have students come into their classrooms each day. They bring their stories, histories, and relationships with them, without teachers being aware of what that all means. Deep pedagogy is more than a catch phrase. It is what hides in the contours of the pedagogic landscape that we cannot easily see and may never see.
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A simple story about how everything and everyone is connected. And once we understand this, the world can live in peace.

This portrait of me was taken by my very talented friend and photographer, Calvin Lee. You may find Calvin on Instagram or twitter; accounts listed below. He really is the "Nicest guy in LA."

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You can’t change what you don’t notice.

You can’t change what you don’t notice. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Early in January, I hit a wall.

Over the previous year, I had set out to completely reshape The Energy Project, the company I run, and change is rarely easy. At mid-year, I got drawn into the presidential campaign, and it consumed a great deal of my time and emotional energy. And then, on January 1, my younger brother suffered a severe stroke. On the weekends, I began to travel back and forth between New York and Boston to be with him and his family.   

All this came back to me as I created a series of videos for LinkedIn about managing personal energy – and served as a humbling reminder of just how connected personal renewal is to performance, not just for our clients, but also for me. 

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Spending a little time each day reflecting and meditating on our lives is essential. I did this and took up Yoga towards the end of my teaching career, when it was very stressful. It made a huge difference. Slowly, mindfulness crept into my daily teaching practices.
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More on the importance of managing personal energy and attention!

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My most important lesson? You can’t change what you don’t notice. And you won’t notice until you make noticing a priority.
 
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 5, 10:26 AM

Paying attention to details is the single most important characteristic of a leader but right behind it is how you deal with what you see, positive or negative.

 

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This is How You Find Calm in the Chaos – Personal Growth – Medium

This is How You Find Calm in the Chaos – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Of course, thinking is necessary to survive, but most of the thoughts you have floating around in your head are false and should not be listened to. However, it is as, in your head, you have a broken…
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MInfulness is the operating systems of living. Just to stop and breath is good. One teacher I interviewed said she learned to do that in the middle of the storm. It took me longer, but I got there and the last five years or so, as stressful as they were, were more manageable.
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The fallibility of memory - can you believe me?

The fallibility of memory - can you believe me? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
While taking his regular morning walk, listening to a podcast, market researcher Mike Beder stopped dead in his tracks.

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I am not sure leaders are leaders without empathy and sympathy. This is essential to relate to those one leads i.e. students. Understanding what they might be experiencing, at least in part, is essential. How did I feel as a student? I think this relates to the currere method.
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The unreliability of memory can have unexpected consequences in hundreds of places, such as courtrooms and market research.
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"I Will Never Be Happy"

"I Will Never Be Happy" | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Shredding the belief that “I will never be happy” is the first step toward achieving happiness. It’s not always easy, but there are some things you can remember to help make this belief weaker, and eventually get rid of it entirely.

The past doesn’t dictate the future. Just because you’ve never been happy before doesn’t mean you can’t be happy ever.

You have more control over your life than you think. Everyone has the power to turn their life around and be happy – if they are willing to put in the work to make gradual change.

Your worldview can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. By believing “I will never be happy” you in fact think and act in ways that reinforce this and make it more true.



By expanding your worldview to include the possibility of happiness, you are more open to thoughts and actions that make you happy.



Our negative beliefs are often faulty and prone to error. Question yourself by asking, “Why do I believe this?” or “Are there situations or events that may make this NOT true?” You will often find ways in which your belief is false.

Replace these negative beliefs with ones that are more practical and optimistic. “I can be happy” is a completely attainable goal that can be achieved with faith, persistence, and dedication toward a new life.

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Part of being mindful is understanding "this too shall pass."
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What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Do you want to be there for a loved one, but don't know how? Here are some techniques to help you 'hold space' for people in need.

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When the time comes to hold space in trying moment, having practiced in our daily lives might make a difference. This can be done while eating, listening to people, teaching, etc.
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Being fully present, and affirming and confirming the sacred worth and value of the other, releases a relational power. "Holding Space" and genuine tuning in enables us to move from our own willfulness and self, and by grace, to support genuine inter-human connections. The opportunity to express our unique wholeness and to affirm that in another is available to us each and every day. 
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So much to learn...

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3 Ways To Discipline Your Monkey Mind - belfastvibe


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There are some good points made in the article.
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Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds

Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

According to a recent study, when children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they better understand the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted. But it isn't just about telling kids to do chores — it's teaching them how.



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When we take time and teach children, we spend time with them and help them grow. We model appropriate behaviour.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 16, 2015 6:16 PM

Isn't it ironic that the things our society discards in order to emphasize academics (arts in school, free time, chores) seem to be the very things that seem to help children grow up to be successful in both life and academics, and the things that we emphasize are the things that turn children off of school and even learning. -Lon

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 17, 2015 6:30 PM

Teaching responsibility, sounds like homework responsibility to me.

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"A Case for Developing Spiritual Intelligence in Leaders through Equine" 

"A Case for Developing Spiritual Intelligence in Leaders through Equine"  | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

 

Unpredictable circumstances, growing stresses in an ever-increasing global market, and ubiquitous ennui have left organizations and today’s leaders in government, industry, and academia without the necessary tools to transition to change in a principled manner.

 

The authors explain that the development and maintenance of genuine leadership skills — adaptive to the dictates of the modern world — must be borne from one’s inner self, a retreat to spirituality.

 

One available method of achieving this is through Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL), a technique whereby leaders develop critical management skills by working with horses...

 

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Leading from a values based place is essential. Too often though, we think of values as placing a value on something. In truth, values (in French valoir) is a place of strength and courage to act and speak properly.
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