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Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Educationby Nikolaj Rotne
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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.
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.
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A new way for education
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