Bringing Mindfulness into the Law School Classroom: A Personal Journey
Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2012
Date Written: March, 15 2012
This autobiographical essay discusses how the author used the techniques and benefits associated with mindfulness to improve his law school classroom teaching. Mindfulness is a state of non-judgmental present moment awareness that is often cultivated through meditation practice but also carried forward into everyday life. The essay discusses how this stance of mindfulness helped the author achieve a greater connection with his students in a variety of both doctrinal and non-traditional classes by fostering more openness, receptivity, and responsiveness to where students are at in the classroom moment, as well as the greater clarity, courage, and compassion that can be so helpful to the teacher who strives for an enhanced teaching experience.
Keywords: mindfulness, teaching, classroom, meditation
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