How to Incorporate Buddhism Into Your Classroom

By Cindy Schwartz, Co-Founder and Director of Secondary Education This blog post is an adaptation of “Teaching Zenfully” an episode of the Attentive Teaching Podcast. Our podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms. How familiar are you with Buddha and his teachings? It might surprise you, but these …

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How to Engage Your Students at the Start of Class

By Cindy Schwartz, Co-Founder and Director of Secondary Education This blog post is an adaptation of “Class Starters,” an episode of the Attentive Teaching Podcast. Our podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms. It’s a Sunday night and you are wondering how you can make tomorrow’s class more interesting. How can you get your …

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How To Create a Visually Appealing Classroom for Better Learning

By James Rossi, Classroom Coordinator Today’s post is part of a series on using the five senses to create an optimal learning environment. You can find all of those posts here. In the same way that smells engage a response based on evolutionary pressures, the things we see can affect our states. Unlike smell, however, …

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How to Have Positive Experiences with Your Students’ Parents

By Cindy Schwartz, Co-Founder and Director of Secondary Education This blog post is an adaptation of “The Parent Connection,” an episode of the Attentive Teaching Podcast. Our podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms. Let’s discuss the Parent Connection. That’s the connection that teachers and parents have, a connection that isn’t always …

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Improve Learning by Appealing to the Sense of Smell

By James Rossi, Classroom Coordinator Today’s post is part of a series on using the five senses to create an optimal learning environment. You can find the first post in that series here. Environment influences outcomes.  We discussed this in an earlier post, but it bears repeating. When we influence our students’ environment, we can …

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Hand Raising: Is It Obsolete?

hands raised in class against blackboard

By Cindy Schwartz, co-founder and executive director of secondary education Let’s explore the art of questioning and whether or not the age-old practice of students asking questions, by raising their hands, has become obsolete? Exploring this question led me to another more existential one – are students even asking questions?  Socrates, the 5th century BCE …

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Five Things I Wish I Knew About Distance Learning

teacher at laptop teaching remotely

By Gloria Giambrone, Teacher-Mentor As a college student, I enjoyed taking online courses. I was able to complete most of the assignments at my own pace, there were very few face-to-face meetings, and there were plenty of opportunities for discussion with others by commenting on their blog entries.  When I took these classes, I never …

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