Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Mindful Classroom Faculty Learning Community Launches

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

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All Mason faculty can join a new mindfulness community on campus designed to help them become educators who develop well-being and promote learning to the fullest. The Mindful Classroom, which is co-sponsored by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB), will meet on Wednesdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. on September 20, October 11, November 1, and November 29 during the fall 2017 semester, in the Alumni Relations Conference Room, room NN 110.

The community will explore the role that mindfulness (and related contemplative practices) can play in student learning, pedagogical methods, and student success. Participants will examine how each faculty participant can develop his or her own mindfulness practice and how that kind of self-care discipline can make them more effective educators.  Faculty will look at some of the scholarly research about mindfulness and learning (especially in university settings). Community members will also and brainstorm and practice some classroom activities that can cultivate students' attentiveness, capacity for emotional regulation and emotional reappraisal, and capacity for stress management and resilience. The Mindful Classroom’s short term goal is to support the well-being of the faculty participants, and a longer-term goal is to help participants develop classroom practices to support students in their learning and overall well-being.

Since the community will continue to meet (on dates to be determined) during the spring 2018 semester, please plan to be involved for the full academic year if possible.

Sign up by contacting Mark Thurston, CWB’s director of educational programs, at mthursto@gmu.edu.

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