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June 2018 - Spaciousness & Self-Awareness

Added by Kristin McKeown on June 1, 2018 at 10:06am — No Comments

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.  …

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Added by Kristin McKeown on February 23, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

Two Questions to Ask Yourself When You're Struggling

A STRATEGY FOR ELICITING SELF-COMPASSION

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…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on February 15, 2018 at 10:56am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on January 17, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Slowing Down & Savoring the Season

It may seem rather counter-intuitive to propose that we all make an effort to slow down this month because, of course, it is December.



Assuming you’re reading this the first week or so of the month, take a moment to think about all the events you’re scheduled to attend, the holiday preparations you need to make, and the extra errands you’ll need to run.



Add to that the unique challenges we as teachers face at this time of year:  preparing end…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on December 6, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments

It's Time to Stop Beating Yourself Up

“It’s time to stop beating yourself up.”

When I speak to groups of students or educators, I make sure to touch on self-compassion as an important part of mindfulness practice.  Typically, I begin with the statement above, shortly followed by, “…it’s not working, nor is it doing what you think it is.”

 

I start my overview of self-compassion with this because the experience of mentally beating oneself up is rather universal in our culture.  Just about everyone…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on October 19, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments

Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle with Yourself

This week is teacher work week.

As I write this, I am now at home after an all-day, off site professional development training with all the certified staff at my school.  The details of the training itself aren’t particularly important.  What is important is how I felt by the end of the day: really, really tired.

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Added by Kristin McKeown on August 28, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

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