Walking the Teacher's Path with Mindfulness
Stories for Reflection and Action
This unique book offers compelling stories to help you encounter life with mindfulness and find new vigor on your teaching path. Author Richard Brady, founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network, shares his experiences in a variety of areas, including motivation, agency and freedom, creativity, nurturing presence and community, and more. Following each story, you’ll find reflections and contemplations that invite connection with your own experiences and ultimately with action. The book can be used by educators of all levels and subject areas, for personal use and for in-service and pre-service education.
Table of Contents
Part I: Catching Fire Student-led Learning. Acceptance and Self-acceptance. What They're Interested In. Food. Parents. Lighting Fires. Vigor Part II: Living Without Boundaries New Kinds of Teaching. Risk and Safety. Freedom. Learning Together. Alone No Longer. Together We Are One Part III: Seeing With the Heart Beholding. Presence. Stopping. Discovering Myself. Deep Community. Creating Space Part IV: Walking My Path The Conditions Are Perfect. Well-being and Happiness. Causes and Conditions. Ripening. Time to Say Goodbye
Richard Brady retired in 2007 after teaching high school mathematics for thirty-seven years. He is a retreat leader, writer, educational consultant, and coordinator of the Wake Up Schools Level II Program in North America. He is a founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network. Visit his website www.mindingourlives.net.
"I’ve been a teacher for the whole of my adult life, so I know one when I see one: Richard Brady is a teacher’s teacher, and this book is a superb distillation of experiences from which all teachers can learn."—Parker J. Palmer, author of On the Brink of Everything, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and Healing the Heart of Democracy
"For teachers in particular, Walking the Teacher’s Path serves as a ‘bell of mindfulness’, a way to remember what matters most and support teachers’ awareness, resilience, and renewal. This is a must read especially in the virtual learning environment, supporting teachers in reflecting within and in taking compassionate action in our deeply interconnected world."—Valerie Brown, JD, PCC, Co-Author, The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School
"This work can be a catalyst for inspiring educators to develop a mindfulness practice, which in turn will be a great benefit to our students and our greater society."—Mr. Benjamin Marcune, Teacher, Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, NJ