Mindful Teachers and Teaching
SUPA has partnered with Emily Luther from Mama Mouse Healing Arts to develop relaxation and mindful teaching techniques for teachers as they navigate teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Syracuse University Project Advance has developed a series of teacher-focused meditations and mental health-related resources to help teachers manage their own mental and physical health amid the many professional challenges affecting them during the Covid-19 pandemic.
These resources, which can be used piecemeal or as a whole “seminar,” offer a framework for understanding and implementing philosophies and techniques drawn from common meditation and mindfulness practices. These techniques are currently being implemented in some schools under a “social emotional learning” curriculum as a response to the pandemic, so it is our hope that these tools may help address the needs of teachers alongside their students, complimenting a given school’s existent student-focused social-emotional learning curricula.
This meditation was recorded for our WRT 105 Project Advance teachers and presented at our Fall Seminar in December 2020. For this we gathered over Zoom to discuss our experiences with hybrid learning, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the impacts to our curriculum. This meditation suggests that teachers should trust their intuition amid the pressures of the day.
Emily Workman Luther is a part-time faculty member at Syracuse University specializing in writing, rhetoric, professional communication, digital learning, and mindfulness. She is an enthusiastic Project Advance faculty visitor and former SUPA student. Emily owns Mama Mouse Healing Arts, a business offering yoga and Sanskrit studies for families and educators. She has extensive teaching experience both in–person and online with all kinds of different populations and age groups. If you are interested in more of her offerings for teachers, please visit Teaching in the Present.