Are you seeking to transform your teaching while engaging in practices that offer vocational renewal? Our Spring 2017 reading will be: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning by Daniel P. Barbezat & Mirabai Bush.
Our aim is to create a contemplative culture and community of practice at UNC Charlotte that is dedicated to exploring contemplative pedagogy in the context of higher education. Contemplative pedagogy is introspective, bridging the inner life with outer world experiences; it is a critical first-person approach to learning. In this community we will encourage practices aimed at deepening learning and well-being in ourselves and our students. Contemplative pedagogy offers a wide range of educational methods that can include: meditation, yoga, breathing work, deep listening exercises, visual arts, and reflective journaling. Research has shown these practices can enrich one’s capacities for:
compassion and empathy
Each session will begin with mindfulness meditation (no experience necessary). We encourage each participant to have a journal for on-going reflection and discussion.
Jan 13 Chapter 5 Mindfulness
Jan 27 Forward and Chapter 1
Feb 3 Chapter 2 pp. 21-38
Feb 17 Chapter 4 pp. 67-85
The discussion will be lead by:
Jane Dalton, MFA, Ph.D, Department of Art & Art History
Susan Harden, Ph.D., College of Education, Department of Middle, Secondary & K12 Education