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Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education

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"The Flor Rotnes, a married couple and Danish educational consultants, miss many opportunities to 'create a mindful classroom' in this well-intentioned effort. Mindfulness — being 'aware of what is happening in our present experiences, with compassion, insight and with an intention to create joy' — has obvious uses in education; to literally have 'everybody present' could only lead to deeper learning for students. Still, this repetitious work could have been much stronger if the authors had spent more time unpacking the obvious and laying out the steps to put their suggestions into practice. Instead, too much time is spent stating and restating the importance of mindfulness to the individual (not even necessarily to the student). Even as the authors define their terms, they miss taking the crucial next step to connect those terms to everyday classroom practice. The book is laced with anecdotes and folk tales that the authors attempt to link with their lessons on mindfulness. The one chapter that deals explicitly with children and mindfulness is filled with strong reasoning and age-appropriate exercises. Unfortunately, it takes 10 chapters to get there. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Everybody Present seeks to create a new kind of culture in our schools: one that counters stress and facilitates learning. It reframes the student-teacher relationship, showing teachers how to supplant antagonism and foster strong relationships by planting seeds of mindfulness in their students and encouraging them to embark on a mindfulness practice of their own.

Illustrating the transformative effects of mindfulness on educators, students, and their classrooms, Everybody Present shows how mindfulness helps to strengthen inner peace and prevent stress, foster contagious joy and an ethic of altruism, improve understanding between student and teacher, and fortify competence in educational relations.

A working manual addressed to everyone in the educational universe, Everybody Present presents real-world applications grounded in solid research. Stories, exercises, and case studies demonstrate the effectiveness of mindful practices across all areas of education.

Everybody Present is intended to contribute to the creation of a culture throughout the educational system writ large, working against stress and victim mentality to set in motion a revolution of silence, allowing each individual the experience of inter-being, inner calm, and joy. By exploring the challenges of teaching, Everybody Present will help all educators transform feelings of inadequacy into experiences of abundance.

About the Author

Nikolaj Flor Rotne is an educational and psychological consultant. His wife, Didde Flor Rotne, is a primary classroom teacher and trained meditation teacher. Together they are the cofounders of the Danish educational consultancy Stilhedsrevolutionen —The Power of Silence. Authors of three books in Danish, theyve created The Educational Superstars Program.

Table of Contents

Introduction

A new way for education

  1. Mindfulness combines personal and social change
  2. What exactly is mindfulness?
  3. To rediscover and restore educational ideals
  4. From vicious to virtuous circle
  5. Mindfulness as educational practise
  6. Research shows how mindfulness creates positive changes
  7. How do I practice mindfulness
  8. Deep breathing creates inner calm
  9. Stress reduction through mindfuness
  10. Mindfulness strenghthens competence in relationships
  11. Mindfulness and anger management in educational relations
  12. Mindfulness culture
  13. Mindfulness meeting culture
  14. Mindfulness with children
  15. Pitfalls with Mindfulness
  16. Mindfulness and insight
  17. The revolution of Silence
  18. Appendix

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code7r, October 20, 2013 (view all comments by code7r)
According to the authors, Nikolaj Flor Rotne and Didde Flor Rotne “Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education” is meant to “demonstrate how mindfulness techniques can transform not just children but the adults who teach them.” Reading the title and the blurb on the back of the book, I assumed it was going to be mostly focused on children in the classroom and how to create a better environment for them to learn in. It does touch on this, but that is not what the main focus of the book is. There are a lot of stories from the authors’ lives (which I love) about their journey and how the book came into being. There are also a lot of stories to help Illustrate a point and there are mindfulness exercise such as keeping a gratitude journal, deep breathing and breath awareness. That is what this book excels at: how to breath, how to calm yourself, how to acknowledge feelings such as anger without letting the feelings dictate our behavior. If you are looking for direct skills that can be instituted immediately in the classroom, then this book probably is not for you. I thought some of the ideas were lovely, such as a minute of silence before class, and although I would love if my children’s teacher could implement sessions where the kids focus on breath, I know that you would also get a lot of parents upset that this was being taught to their children. They would not see it as mindfulness but as a way to “convert” kids in a way they would not like. I do not agree with that, but that is the reality.

Although from the title it does sound like it is centered around the classroom, the book is actually written for anyone who reads it; a parent, teacher, friend, mentor, yourself. I think that the title is actually a little misleading. You can use it with children, but it is not limited to that.

Overall I enjoyed the book with the true stories, the stories to help make a point, and the various exercises within. I think that anyone who picks this up can use it to help themselves become more aware and mindful.


**This book was received through GoodReads Member Giveaway. This did not influence my opinion in any way.**
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781937006433
Author:
Rotne, Nikolaj
Publisher:
Parallax Press
Author:
Nikolaj Flor Rotne
Author:
Didde Flor Rotne
Author:
Flor Rotne, Didde
Author:
Flor Rotne, Nikolaj
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Education-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The Flor Rotnes, a married couple and Danish educational consultants, miss many opportunities to 'create a mindful classroom' in this well-intentioned effort. Mindfulness — being 'aware of what is happening in our present experiences, with compassion, insight and with an intention to create joy' — has obvious uses in education; to literally have 'everybody present' could only lead to deeper learning for students. Still, this repetitious work could have been much stronger if the authors had spent more time unpacking the obvious and laying out the steps to put their suggestions into practice. Instead, too much time is spent stating and restating the importance of mindfulness to the individual (not even necessarily to the student). Even as the authors define their terms, they miss taking the crucial next step to connect those terms to everyday classroom practice. The book is laced with anecdotes and folk tales that the authors attempt to link with their lessons on mindfulness. The one chapter that deals explicitly with children and mindfulness is filled with strong reasoning and age-appropriate exercises. Unfortunately, it takes 10 chapters to get there. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Everybody Present seeks to create a new kind of culture in our schools: one that counters stress and facilitates learning. It reframes the student-teacher relationship, showing teachers how to supplant antagonism and foster strong relationships by planting seeds of mindfulness in their students and encouraging them to embark on a mindfulness practice of their own.

Illustrating the transformative effects of mindfulness on educators, students, and their classrooms, Everybody Present shows how mindfulness helps to strengthen inner peace and prevent stress, foster contagious joy and an ethic of altruism, improve understanding between student and teacher, and fortify competence in educational relations.

A working manual addressed to everyone in the educational universe, Everybody Present presents real-world applications grounded in solid research. Stories, exercises, and case studies demonstrate the effectiveness of mindful practices across all areas of education.

Everybody Present is intended to contribute to the creation of a culture throughout the educational system writ large, working against stress and victim mentality to set in motion a revolution of silence, allowing each individual the experience of inter-being, inner calm, and joy. By exploring the challenges of teaching, Everybody Present will help all educators transform feelings of inadequacy into experiences of abundance.

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