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Summer! Tips for maintaining your mindfulness practice

After all the buildup, it is here -- SUMMER VACATION!Whether your school year is over or the end is right around the corner, I've recorded a "very special" practice for the beginning of summer (see…Continue

Started May 29, 2018

Trusting the Process

The end of the school year is in sight, but even as this buoys us, there is still work to be done.  Here are a few thoughts on something to keep in mind at this time of year.-Kristin…Continue

Started May 2, 2018

Why Teachers Need to Be "Warm Demanders" Toward Themselves

Many educators, particularly those focused on having culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms, understand the value of being a “warm demander” for their students.  This term, originally coined…Continue

Started Feb 23, 2018

Two Questions to Ask Yourself When You're Struggling
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A STRATEGY FOR ELICITING SELF-COMPASSIONLife can be challenging. Sometimes these challenges arise when things don’t work out the way we’d prefer. Sometimes we create our own struggles without…Continue

Tags: balance, life, work

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deepika Singh Mar 21, 2018.


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Teacher Librarian
Brentwood, NY
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Eaglecrest High School Library
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I help hard-working teachers reduce their stress so they can be at their best for their students, colleagues, and families.

What began as a quest to reduce my own stress and be a happier, healthier teacher has evolved into a mission to bring mindfulness-based strategies and self-care to my educator colleagues locally and beyond. You are in the right place if you love being a teacher but are tired of feeling stressed out and exhausted by the challenges of the job.

The information you will find on this site is a reminder of what you already know in your heart:
You must prioritize your own self-care in order to enjoy your work and life with a sense of happiness and ease.

Teaching Balance is all about incorporating mindfulness into your everyday life so you can truly embody these qualities. Through my site, newsletter, and other offerings, I reference the different challenges teachers face and how to use mindfulness to best engage with them.

Since meditation is the foundation of mindfulness, I will encourage you to make it a regular practice. My seven-session "Learn to Meditate" video course can be used by beginners as a jumping off point, or can help experienced meditators to refresh their practice.

I know first-hand how difficult and stressful teaching can be. As a way to reduce my own stress, I learned mindfulness meditation and it profoundly impacted my life. Due to my ever-growing passion for bringing mindfulness to my peers, I have trained through several programs, including the Mindful Education Institute, Mindful Schools, and SMART in Education.

I geek out about many topics and enjoy taking a deep dive into things that inspire me. As a former high school English teacher and current teacher librarian, it's probably not surprising that reading is my preferred way to learn and engage with new concepts. One of my two favorite genres is rather practical and applicable to what I aspire to offer here: I am fascinated by books about personal development and which offer wisdom about how to live a full, happy life. The other genre is less practical but equally enjoyable: fantasy novels (I like to say, "If it's got a map in the front, I'll probably like it!"). I like to think of these two seemingly contradictory preferences as complementary to one another. One represents getting real about how I can grow and evolve as a person, and the other provides a healthy dose of escapism. :-)
Want to hear more about how mindfulness can help you to reduce your stress? Sign up for updates on how to use mindfulness-based strategies and join your fellow educators making the choice to prioritize self-care!

I look forward to learning from and being of service to you!

Kristin McKeown's Blog

June 2018 - Spaciousness & Self-Awareness

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 10:06am

Why Teachers Need to Be "Warm Demanders" Toward Themselves

Many educators, particularly those focused on having culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms, understand the value of being a “warm demander” for their students.  This term, originally coined in 1975 by Judith Kleinfeld, describes how teachers can hold their students to high expectations in a structured environment while still conveying a deep and sincere belief in, and care for, those students.  …


Posted on February 23, 2018 at 10:32am

Two Questions to Ask Yourself When You're Struggling


Life can be challenging. Sometimes these challenges arise when things don’t work out the way we’d prefer. Sometimes we create our own struggles without realizing it. Sometimes bad things just happen.

Many of us, when we’re in the midst of a personal challenge or struggle, put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We lament our circumstances and beat ourselves up for not making the right choice or behaving in a way that could…


Posted on February 15, 2018 at 10:56am

New Year, New "No"

The Power of NO

The path to simplicity begins with a refusal of the nonessential and unproductive.

It's been several decades since Americans were first introduced to the idea that they should "Just say no." While the context of this was originally about saying no to drugs, I believe this recommendation has even greater potential for those of us…


Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:55am

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At 5:33am on January 26, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Kristin,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 3:42pm on October 10, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Kristin

I'm compiling a list of the favorite books from famous people here. Would this be of any interest to you and your library patrons?


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