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The Conscious Classroom with host Amy Edelstein explores the world of mindfulness in education. Amy will share best classroom tools and practices for adolescents, why teaching students about perspectives, worldviews, and context is as important as teaching classic stress reduction tools including breath, body scan, and open awareness mindfulness techniques. We'll look at trauma sensitive approaches, systems thinking, social emotional skills and how to empower teens and support mental wellness. Amy Edelstein is the founder of Inner Strength, which has empowered more than 15,000 Philadelphia teens with mindfulness and systems thinking tools. Visit: www.InnerStrengthFoundation.net

The Conscious Classroom with host Amy Edelstein explores the world of mindfulness in education. Amy will share best classroom tools and practices for adolescents, why teaching students about perspectives, worldviews, and context is as important as teaching classic stress reduction tools including breath, body scan, and open awareness mindfulness techniques. We'll look at trauma sensitive approaches, systems thinking, social emotional skills and how to empower teens and support mental wellness. Amy Edelstein is the founder of Inner Strength, which has empowered more than 15,000 Philadelphia teens with mindfulness and systems thinking tools. Visit: www.InnerStrengthFoundation.net

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United States

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The Conscious Classroom with host Amy Edelstein explores the world of mindfulness in education. Amy will share best classroom tools and practices for adolescents, why teaching students about perspectives, worldviews, and context is as important as teaching classic stress reduction tools including breath, body scan, and open awareness mindfulness techniques. We'll look at trauma sensitive approaches, systems thinking, social emotional skills and how to empower teens and support mental wellness. Amy Edelstein is the founder of Inner Strength, which has empowered more than 15,000 Philadelphia teens with mindfulness and systems thinking tools. Visit: www.InnerStrengthFoundation.net

Language:

English


Episodes

Purpose Driven Education and the Role Mindfulness Can Play

3/19/2022
Purpose Driven Education and the Role Mindfulness Can Play In this episode, Amy Edelstein talks about the role of purpose in teen flourishing. When people are connected to a purpose greater than themselves, they experience more resilience, ability to persevere through challenges, sense of connection, and happiness. We can work with tools of mindful awareness to help students connect with their own values and imbue their lives with greater meaning. As educators, we can contextualize any...

Duration:00:34:31

The Power of Purpose

2/14/2022
In this episode, Amy Edelstein explores the power of purpose and the value that speaking about purpose with youth has on the rest of their lives. She discusses the great Stanford Educator and Author William Damon and his book The Path to Purpose , which looks at the impact of materialism and our fast-paced technological world on the exploration of greater goals. Going as far back as Aristotle, tapping into Erik Erikson and Piaget, Damon bolsters his argument in favor of purpose as a key...

Duration:00:35:00

Engaged Buddhism: In Honor of Thich Nhat Hahn

1/24/2022
The world renowned and beloved Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hahn passed this week at the age of 95. This episode is dedicated to his work and life, bringing mindfulness to a secular environment, connecting deep mindfulness practice with social, political, and environmental activism, and being a powerful -- albeit profoundly gentle -- activist for change. We value and honor his life, his spirit, and the work he has left behind. The world is brighter for his presence. Support the show...

Duration:00:26:02

Happy New Year! Establishing Presence, Courage & Centeredness

1/11/2022
In this episode, Amy Edelstein talks about the need of our times for greater courage, centeredness and connection to presence, or being. This episode and its guided meditation will start the new year off on a positive and directed note. Support the show (https://bit.ly/supportCCPodcast)

Duration:00:25:02

Tech + Teens: Part 3 in dialogue with XPrize semifinalist Anthony Holland

12/9/2021
Can technology empower rather than divide? Can we train robots to exhibit the empathy of their operators in humanitarian situations? How is Inner Strength looking ahead and the possibilities for supporting youth wellness through technology? Join Amy Edelstein in dialogue with XPrize semi-finalist and Inner Strength Board Member Anthony Holland. In this final installment, Tony and Amy answer audience questions about their own search for meaning and purpose and the potential they see in...

Duration:00:21:27

Tech + Teens: Part 2 in dialogue with XPrize semifinalist Anthony Holland

11/30/2021
Can technology empower rather than divide? Can we train robots to exhibit the empathy of their operators in humanitarian situations? How is Inner Strength looking ahead and the possibilities for supporting youth wellness through technology? Join Amy Edelstein in dialogue with XPrize semi-finalist and Inner Strength Board Member Anthony Holland. In this second part of the dialogue, Tony and Amy go more deeply into issues facing students and how Inner Strength is working to empower and...

Duration:00:32:41

Tech & Teens: in dialogue with XPrize Semi-Finalist Anthony Holland Part 1

11/23/2021
Can technology empower rather than divide? Can we train robots to exhibit the empathy of their operators in humanitarian situations? How is Inner Strength looking ahead and the possibilities for supporting youth wellness through technology? Join Amy Edelstein in dialogue with XPrize semi-finalist and Inner Strength Board Member Anthony Holland. More at Inner Strength Education Support the show (https://bit.ly/supportCCPodcast)

Duration:00:34:05

My New Memoir! Adventure in Zanskar

11/18/2021
Adventure in Zanskar: one woman's solitary journey to reach physical and metaphysical heights This episode of The Conscious Classroom is a little different, some fun. I just published a memoir about a solitary trek I undertook in the highest mountains of the world, the western most corner of the Tibetan Plateau, and area called Zanskar, India. I simply couldn't wait to share it with all of you. It'll take you on a journey in 1983 through a region virtually untouched by western materialist...

Duration:00:12:23

Breakthrough Insights Can Come Quickly - Classroom Highs and Lows

11/14/2021
Do you often relate just to the ways teens present in the classroom and forget that what goes on in their personal reflection may be much deeper? Teens present in all their awkward ways, they are in a growth stage and sometimes it feels like their bodies don't quite fit their minds and emotions or vice versa. Remember, there may be much more going on under the surface that is significant and should be acknowledged. In this episode Amy Edelstein shares some subtle insights into the nature of...

Duration:00:31:05

Mindfulness - How Can It Impact Gun Violence?

10/23/2021
Recently I've been asked, "How does your Inner Strength school mindfulness program help prevent gun violence?" When you are being asked that in a city that has one of the fastest rising rates of gun violence per capita in the United States, that's a serious question. In the last 4 weeks, we've seen 4 shootings at schools, with multiple youth killed. This has led to some serious soul searching. How does a focus on conscious awareness impact such a specific soul-wrenching external...

Duration:00:22:46

Fun: It's Good for Learning - Playing Mindful Games

10/7/2021
We all know play is important for little kids. Imagination, working out scenarios, assuming roles. It's how kids develop a wider sense of being in the world. Play is also important for teenagers. They need to have fun while learning. Play can also break up the day, change the rhythm. It teaches important and deep values as well. Games help students see each other in a different light, some students who are less skilled at call and response classroom questions, may excel in game format. It...

Duration:00:26:13

Creating Optimal Learning Environments - 5 Anchor Tools for Stress

8/29/2021
Back to school this year is new territory. How can we manage our own sense of uncertainty? How can we build a welcoming class environment for students who have experienced so many challenges over the past year, challenges which haven't ended. In this Back to School session, you'll learn: Let me know what you think! What anchor tools are you using to ground and stabilize you and your classroom? Support the show (https://bit.ly/supportCCPodcast)

Duration:00:38:30

Happiness Is a Subversive Pursuit

7/15/2021
In this episode, Amy Edelstein talks about why pursuing happiness is not selfish. She looks at what happiness is, why caring about our own happiness and the happiness of others is foundational to creating a positive learning environment, and how to shift students' orientation so they care about the well being of the classroom community. In this session, Amy leads a long guided Love & Kindness mindfulness practice on caring for the whole. Support the show (https://bit.ly/supportCCPodcast)

Duration:00:25:24

What We Learned from the Pandemic

6/29/2021
In this episode, Amy Edelstein explores what we learned about students, teaching online, and essentials during this past year. What supports students' well-being? How do we create relationship even when we are not in the classroom? When we are forced to simplify, what rises to the top as the most important learning tools? The pandemic brought out the importance of well-being, for positive health outcomes and for ability to stay steady in a tense and uncertain world. Amy illustrates how to...

Duration:00:31:46

Grief & Loss: Supporting Students in the Post Pandemic Classroom

6/15/2021
In this, our third and final episode of this mini-series The Post Pandemic Classroom, we are going to look at how to support students who are returning to school having lost someone during the pandemic. Students often try to hide their grief or don't know how to process emotions, and the school day marches on with little room for the holistic learning and care. Grieving is a tender and an instructive time, creating the space in a classroom for students to take their time to process will...

Duration:00:32:43

Working with Social Anxiety - The Post Pandemic Classroom

6/8/2021
The second episode in this series looks at the phenomenon of teens who are reluctant to go back to the classroom, who are afraid, ashamed, or anxious about their peers' response to them. These students need support to break the ice. They will need to be able to trust the boundaries set up in the class. In this episode, Amy Edelstein will share some tools for the classroom and attitudes that will help you invite reluctant students back to in person learning, while respecting their boundaries...

Duration:00:27:56

What to Expect in a Post Pandemic Classroom

5/25/2021
We are coming towards the end of the year, Districts are sending out plans, metrics, and expectations for the coming year. Oftentimes, without enough discussion and recognition that this Fall will be one unlike previous years . . . and we don't really know what to expect. Teachers are tired. It's been a trying year. There's hope on the horizon with the coronavirus vaccine and social groupings and businesses coming to life again. But COVID left its mark on us, and has on our students. Many...

Duration:00:27:15

Mindful Journaling - Restorative Teachers' Series

5/4/2021
In this episode of The Conscious Classroom, we explore the art of contemplative writing, mindful journaling. It is a practice that can help us as teachers access our deeper purpose which sometimes gets buried beneath submitting grades and filling out forms for the District. Mindful journaling helps us untie knots, allow different perspectives, and take risks in our thinking. It creates the conditions for empathy for our students and insight into how to create a safe environment for our...

Duration:00:27:07

Back to In Person School - Building the Habit of Resilience

4/13/2021
Wow, many schools are going back to full-time in person classrooms. There are many emotions to navigate! Relief and worry. Now is the time to work with all the mindfulness momentum to dial back self-defeating worry, frustration, and concerns. In this episode, we're going to work with the: Three Keys of Positive Habit Building: 1. Noticing or being mindful and attentive to goodness and beauty. 2. Reinforcing what we notice through practice, the consistent habit of letting go. 3....

Duration:00:29:31

Self Care for Teachers - Essential In These Times

3/16/2021
Highlighted in this podcast are the real concerns teachers are facing right now, named, so that you can externalize them and then create space and care for your own wellbeing. We work on three primary steps for stress reduction and self care. For more on free Self Care MasterClass for Educators visit www.TheConsciousClassroom.com Support the show (https://bit.ly/supportCCPodcast)

Duration:00:34:02