This book offers a wonderful primer for teaching mindfulness to adolescents. It is the first volume in a published series focused on social and emotional learning solutions. Dr. Broderick, the developer of the Learning to Breathe curriculum and researcher at Penn State University, provides a strong case and framework for teaching mindfulness practice to middle and high school students. She interweaves research and concepts of adolescent development together with theory, neuroscience, and educational foundations of mindfulness meditation. She presents this information in a straightforward and concise fashion, making the concepts and practices very easy to understand. Each of the seven chapters in the book provides concrete examples of different meditation practices as well as applications, reflections and activities that can help middle and secondary school teachers embody their understanding, deepen their practice for themselves and safely guide their students. This book is a valuable resource for experienced as well as novice teachers to meditation and other mindfulness instructors who work in schools. We highly recommend adding this resource to your book shelf.
By: Mariam Gates
This book is a wonderful resource to help teachers and parents introduce tweens and teens to mindfulness-based practices. The book is a quick read and well-organized. It is divided into five chapters. In the first four chapters, the author provides pertinent background information, along with specific activities to explore each of the following areas: mindfulness, mindful yoga, mindful breathing and mindful meditation. In the fifth and final chapter, a 5-day mindfulness challenge is offered to serve as a how-to planning guide for incorporating mindfulness into everyday life. Throughout the book, there are easy to follow instructions accompanied by colorful illustrations to depict the various activities, body positions and sequences of movement poses. We heartily recommend this book to help beginners of all ages explore the variety of ways to learn and experience mindfulness.
My name is Cindy Kaump. As an 8th grade English teacher, I constantly see students who feel stressed, worried, or unfocused. In January, members of MC4ME came to my district to help us bring mindfulness into the classroom. It was like two parts of my life were coming together, since I’ve been an educator for nine years, and practiced yoga for just as long. One of my favorite benefits of yoga has been the practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps me not worry about things I can’t control, in my past, or in the future. I find my focus is better, and I’m a better listener because of my practice, so of course I thought I should teach mindfulness to my students!