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5 Reasons People Don’t Practice Presence

Last week I posted a mindfulness mantra. The feedback was interesting, but not unexpected. Every time I mention mindfulness, I typically hear a few common responses: • “Do you really think I have time in my day to sit and do nothing…
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The Muck of March: Meditation Might Help

In Practicing Presence, I lead with the following: It was March. Outside, I was greeted by dreary, gray skies and a constant drizzle. It was the kind of rain that makes you feel chilled to the bone. Inside, I felt equally dreary. I’ve…
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This year’s Practicing Presence Summer Self-Care Retreat award recipient is Laura Davis.

This year’s retreat award recipient is Laura Davis. Congratulations Laura! We have all heard the statistics related to how many teachers will leave the profession within their first five years of teaching. This is Laura’s fifth year…
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3 Don’ts and a DO to Begin Your Day

It’s about 6 AM. You open your eyes. What’s your first thought? Possibly something like- “Oh crud, the day ahead is endless. I don’t have time to get all this done today. Only __ more days and the week-end will be here.” There…

1 Present-Moment Strategy: A Doorway to a More Mindful Life

Lisa J. Lucas, an author, consultant, and professor in the field of education, knows firsthand how much a mindful approach to the role of teacher can contribute to a positive classroom atmosphere Mindful is the word of the moment, and mindfulness…

Self-Care Strategies for Stressed Teachers

Mindful Teaching Self-Care Strategies for Stressed Teachers Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers Collins Associate Dr. Lisa Lucas understands well the demands that teachers…

Modeling Mindfulness by Practicing Presence

Mindful is the word of the moment, and mindfulness in education has exploded. It sounds so obvious; who doesn’t want to be mindful? The alternative, mindless, isn’t what most of us are striving for. However, mindfulness in education is…

Social Emotional Awareness for Educators

A Well Trained Mind: Social Emotional Awareness for Educators Listen Now

Preparing Instructional Coaches

Growing numbers of classroom teachers and reading specialists in schools across the United States are being asked to provide coaching to their colleagues, a form of job-embedded professional development. This paper describes an approach to developing…

Awake Accountable and Engaged

As a new college professor, one of the things that surprised me most was the lack of student engagement and accountability in the classroom. Striving to be a professor that utilized a lecture format sparingly, I structured my class sessions…

Words Create Worlds

A conversation I overheard from a group of three-year-olds heightened my awareness of the frequency of complaining that permeates our daily interactions. It was a typical fall day; I was observing my preschool field practicum student from the…

Presence-Based Teaching, Leading, & Learning

Education is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Presence-Based Teaching, Leading, and Learning is a professional development model designed to support teachers, administrators, and students…

Write More, Grade Less

Abstract: This article describes five practices for effectively grading writing that demystify the grading process and focus on students’ writing more and faculty grading less...

Is mindfulness training useful?

In this study, we investigated the effects of mindfulness training with 23 preservice teachers. Subjects were assigned to either a 6-week mindfulness training program or a control condition. Post intervention, mindfulness participants reported…

Mentoring and Tutoring

Mentoring in Higher Education Should be the Norm to Assure Success: Lessons Learned from the Faculty Mentoring Program, West Chester University, 2008–2011

Remembering to Breathe: The Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Mindfulness Practices to Pre-Service Teachers

This paper reports on a pilot study conducted to investigate the effectiveness of mindfulness based program in reducing stress and enhancing emotion regulation skills for a cohort of undergraduate students completing their pre-service teaching…