Evidence That It Works
In a study of university students who took a course featuring contemplative pedagogy, participants who used contemplative reading practices reported gaining deeper insight into themselves and the content.
Further, a growing body of research suggests that teachers are experiencing positive outcomes from practicing mindfulness. Teachers who practice mindfulness may experience greater well-being, awareness, focused attention, and resilience.
Why Does It Matter?
Working in the field of education is one of the most inherently meaningful forms of work we can do. In fact, many people choose this field because they want to make a difference in the lives of children and in the world in general. Yet, this sense of meaning can be lost in the daily stressors of the classroom or the educational system itself.
When educators take time to slow down and reflect on their values and the meaning behind their work, their well-being may increase and they may be more likely to foster a greater sense of trust and purpose, together.