Professional Development Sessions
Weekly professional development calls with creative teaching ideas, trouble shooting, addressing classroom challenges, and reviewing primary themes for the upcoming lesson. (Spring 2017)
First classes, LRNG Digital Badges for ISF, Importance of our own practice, Discussion about community practice.
Wisdom Talk: KEEPING OUR PRACTICE ALIVE
The importance of keeping our own practice alive & invigorated. Not getting stuck or discouraged.
Overview of how classes are going. Discussion of class management.
Teachers’ Section: Making Compassion Practice relevant.
Wisdom Talk: COMPASSION PRACTICE
Making Compassion Practice Relevant. Are we working with challenging situations and upleveling our own responses and attitudes? Are we using the current acrimonious and unstable political climate as fuel to deepen our understanding of universality, interconnectedness, and compassion in the face of ignorance?
Talk: 18 Min
Q&A: 11 Min
Working in less disciplined schools, paying attention to the effects of poverty.
Wisdom Talk: SILENCE, TRANSFORMATION + THE MIND
Meditation can change our relationship to our minds. Cultivating transformation.
Teaching diversity and mindfulness, working with Freshmen, Chocolate meditation.
Wisdom Talk: LETTING GO OF THE SEPARATE SELF SENSE
Letting go of our identity as a separate self in meditation. Discovering the freedom of our essential Self nature.
Exploring the different school cultures, age and grade differences.
Wisdom Talk: CREATING STABILITY
Why does meditation practice create stability? How do we orient ourselves towards our experience of stillness to create a strong foundation for ourselves?
“The Notebook” to cover ISF class at South Philly High. About unfocused classes and getting momentum going. Discussion about meditation, letting go, and grasping after thought. What do we mean when we talk about these things?
Wisdom Talk: LETTING GO
What does it mean to let go in meditation? What is grasping? What does it mean to let go in life?
Q&A 15 Min
Anxiety about grades, cultivating student leaders, exploring deep listening and what we are modeling to the students.
& ROLE MODELS
How do we cultivate deep listening in ourselves? What does it mean to be present for another without foregone conclusions? As teachers, we are role models. What are we modeling?
Talk 13 Min
The Notebook features ISF on cover story. Working with trauma in the classroom. Stressed teachers, students with anxiety, how to react, what to respond to.
WORKING WITH TRAUMA
This session unpacks several classroom incidents and how to respond to extreme anxiety in kids and stress in teachers. (Listen to full audio after first few minutes)
Launch of Digital Badges goes well. Update on program expansion, encouraging meetings with various citywide education departments.