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Learning to Stop, Stopping to Learn: Discovering the Contemplative Dimension in Education (Brady, 2007)

Richard Brady, founder and director of the Mindfulness in Education Network and Minding Your Life: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning has written a number of articles on mindfulness in education. 

Abstract
Contemplative pedagogy is a young and growing approach in American education. It invites new possibilities for the emergence of creativity and promotes depth of understanding and a more personal relationship with course content. The path to contemplative learning is different for each educator who travels it. I relate experiences that led me to develop a personal contemplative practice and describe how, over time, my practice affected my teaching. I focus especially on contemplative methods I’ve begun using in teaching a tenth grade mathematics

course. In the process I examine the dimensions of centering, questioning, awareness, and community that are central to the contemplative element of the course. To give the reader a taste of the course, I include poetry, stories, and quotations that I share with my students. I conclude with a discussion of outcomes from the first year of the course, changes I’ve made in response to what I’ve learned, and new questions that have arisen.

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