Best Mindfulness Books ~ Top 5 for Teachers

Feel free to have a quick look at our recent What is Mindfulness post if you don't know anything about Mindfulness or Meditation yet.

Mindfulness has become more and more important in today's hectic and frantic world.

The ability to pause for a moment and reflect on what you want to accomplish gives you the ability to free yourself from any pressure and start expressing yourself and your dreams in what you're doing.

This way you can pursue your own beliefs and become the path even if it wasn't really the path you'd chose.

Let's face it.

Most students can't stand the educational system and hate everything about it. All the aspects of school are pulling on their ability to walk around with a free mind, giving them orders and tasks to complete that are "old and boring" and difficult to relate to.

By introducing Mindfulness and it's concepts to education, you're providing a life raft to clinge on for them, which empowers them to focus better and express themselves again.

We've put together a list of the Best Mindfulness Books for Teachers and Education so you'll be able to quickly start incorporating it into your daily teachings.

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom -effective, low-cost way for educators to help students manage stress (The Classroom Strategies) by Jeani Iberlin & Mike Ruyle

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom is a great book for any teacher looking for ideas on how to implement the concepts of awareness and calmness into their classroom.

It is part of a much greater series - the classroom strategies series - which aims to shed light on all different kinds of ways to improve the everyday atmosphere of life in school.

Marzano starts by giving a basic outline about the theory behind Mindfulness and tailors its application to students and their worries in school.

He follows up with an overview of quick and easy to implement Meditation Exercises that everyone can grasp and engage in without prior knowledge to make the connection between theory and practice easier to understand.

They are a great way to get a taste of what it means to just be in the moment and let go of the pressure that modern society has laid upon us.

The book covers topics such as how to deal with attention and emotional control in great detail and gives a practical guide on how to gradually introduce a sense of self-awareness and fulfillment to your class.

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Everyday SEL in Early Childhood: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom by Carla Tantillo Philibert

Philibert is the founder of Mindful Practices - a team of 20 - who strives to empower teachers and students across the world by providing them resources backed by research on how to integrate the concepts of Mindfulness and their benefits into their educational life.

Everyday SEL in Early Childhood will teach you how to use practical strategies to support students when engaging in and experiencing the modern challenging world.

You'll be able to proactively regulate the emotions in your class by:

- teaching students how to understand and deal with their frustrations better,

- introducing simple breathing exercises and yoga poses for a demonstration of the inner workings of Mindfulness and Meditation,

- organizing team building exercises to gain better leadership skills,

- and introducing a safe space for students to test their social and interaction skills without judgement or the fear of shame.

After giving you a high level overview, the appendix starts to branch out and provides additional material that encourages you to dig even deeper.

Which is worth your time!

It'll give you the skills needed to fully understand how to not only tailor your instructions to the needs of a child, but also teach them how to improve their self awareness along the way.

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Everyday SEL in Elementary School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom by Carla Tantillo Philibert

This awesome book goes beyond the usual high level introduction to Mindfulness and connects its importance for class with practical examples from school.

What makes the Everyday SEL series so great is Philiberts abilitiy to give instructions on how to modify SEL with Mindfulness on a per grade basis.

She realizes that techniques applicable to elementary school might greatly differ from the ones suitable for High School.

Everyday SEL in Elementary School offers the tools needed to empower your students so they can experience the benefits of better self-awareness first hand.

As with any learning, a key thing to understand is the need of a safe space where students can test their SEL skills and understand their emotions better without being judged.

Everyday SEL has lots of interactive stories that can be featured in dedicated development sessions like class discussions to hone social skills in a team environment.

It provides detailed instructions on how to successfully shift the classroom experience to awareness, a greater sense of self expression and management of emotions.

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Everyday SEL in High School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom

Everyday SEL in High School is a great framework for the work with students and how to introduce them to awareness and its benefits.

It gives you - the reader - the ability to evolve the classroom atmosphere so it can fully support the concepts behind SEL.

Those topics include social harmony, teamwork and leadership, and how to deal with vulnerability within a group.

Which makes it an especially great book for High School!

Because, let's be honest, most of us expect students at this age to simply show up and already know these skills. Without ever providing proper guidance on their journey.

A great time to introduce Mindfulness!

Philibert starts by broadly explaining the concepts of SEL, awareness and emotional regulation or the importance of managing stress and frustration.

The second part is full of helpful guidelines on how to implement specific strategies into your daily teaching routine. Every classroom is different and needs its own consideration before it can start to reap the benefits of Mindfulness together.

Since this is a key thing to understand, the final section elaborates even further on this, addressing the different needs of different students and classrooms.

The dynamics of different relationships between different kinds of people make it almost impossible to reach the full potential of SEL by statically adhering to a predefined script.

Everyday SEL in High School will give you the tools needed to empower your students so they can deal with the importance of why they are devoting their precious time to school right now in their own way and express themselves by doing so.

This will help them to develop a healthy and positive connection with the world and their surroundings.

Now and in the future.

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Mindful Leadership: A Brain-Based Framework by Michael Dickmann & Nancy Stanford-Blair

Mindful Leadership sheds light on the connection and relationship between leaders and the ones they lead by refining the question of an old cliché - "what can leadership possibly have to do with brain" (implying that all leadership lacks intelligence).

While this statement is true in theory, because the thoughts emerging from anybody's brain - even the ones of a leader - are ultimately a reflection of THEIR perceived reality, refining it to something more meaningful like "What does a brain really do and how does that relate to leadership" offers more room for analytical thoughts and improvement.

The book gives an overview of the how the brain and leadership work together and how introducing Mindfulness rather than Mindlesness can help to better your connection between you and the ones you lead.

Since leading is basically influencing others to achieve goals you define, tailoring the goals towards the group is critical to create a more meaningful connection with it.

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