Written by Kamalagita Hughes, The Mindful Teacher’s Handbook: How to step out of busyness and find peace is a practical guide to mindfulness that will empower teachers and school staff to take better care of their well-being and find calm in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of the school setting.
When we’re on an aeroplane, the on-board safety instructions tell us that in the event of an emergency we should put on our own oxygen mask first – and only then help those around us. The same is true for well-being: we need to look after ourselves in order to be a resource for others. This is especially the case in busy, high-pressure environments such as our classrooms and schools, where burnout is a real concern for teachers and leaders, who all too often relegate their own self-care to the bottom of the to-do list.
The Mindful Teacher’s Handbook is a practical and engaging resource to help everyone in schools bring mindfulness into their lives in a meaningful way. Mindfulness practice offers simple, straightforward strategies for finding peace and regaining perspective, and has a solid body of evidence that attests to its efficacy. In this book, Kamalagita Hughes provides a lively and engaging blend of top tips, research evidence, case studies, guided meditations and suggested exercises for all – both for those new to mindfulness and for those who want to refresh their practice.
Providing a thorough, grounded understanding of mindfulness and its benefits for the school community, the book explores the links between well-being and education and sets out how improved staff and student well-being can cultivate a better teaching and learning environment for all. Kamalagita offers practical strategies that school staff can put into practice straight away – both for their own well-being and that of their pupils – including insightful case studies on how best to bring mindfulness to your school.
Suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders.