The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom
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You can thrive in the classroom. All it takes are a few moments of peace and a little focus. If you're like many teachers, your day is busy, demanding, even chaotic. But just because you live in a fast-paced, always-on world, doesn't mean your life has to feel rushed and crazy. In The Zen Teacher, educator, blogger, and speaker Dan Tricarico provides practical, easy-to-use techniques to help teachers slow down and create a sense of focus, simplicity, and tranquility in the classroom - and in life. As a teacher, you have incredible power to influence, even improve, the future. By being at your best - unrushed and fully focused - you ensure that every interaction with your students is beneficial, for them and for you. If you're new to the concept of Zen, don't worry. In this introductory guide, Dan Tricarico explains what it means to develop a Zen practice - something that has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with your ability ability to thrive in the classroom. The Zen Teacher will help you: Maximize your performance while lowering your stress. Transform your classroom and experience a better quality of life. Focus on things that really matter and let go of things you can't control. Find time to take care of yourself, so you can be at your best!
should always be a priority for a Zen Teacher. In San Diego, there is a place near downtown called Seaport Village. It is a collection of upscale shops and boutiques that edge up next to the bay. From its meandering paths, you can see a wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean, majestic gray Navy ships, and small sailboats inching along. On the other side of the bay, you can also see the swaying palm trees and stately mansions of Coronado Island. I’m convinced this paradise was designed expressly to
a sunset. • Sitting on the couch for five minutes without talking or making any noise at all. • Looking at the mountains. • Parking by the side of the road on your way home from school and sitting for ten minutes. • Watching your pets. • Watching your children. In non-doing, we operate from a place of trust, rather than fear. We trust, first, that non-doing is an acceptable practice. We trust that everything will get done. And we trust that the universe is doing what it’s supposed to and
need to remember that intuition is a gift we already have—a gift we must first acknowledge, then hone, then trust. Zen Teacher Assignment Set aside time today to experience stillness, silence, and just tune into your intuition. What is your gut telling you? What vibes or signals are you receiving? In terms of faith, where might God be leading you? Regarding your classroom, which student needs your direction or encouragement? What is your intuition saying to you? Listen closely.
have ample opportunity to show compassion in every hour of every class of every day. More than that, we have a special, even sacred, obligation to express compassion. Not only do we enlighten, but we are also expected to uplift those around us and to ease their struggles. In fact, showing grace and kindness to those around us can be one of our profession’s greatest rewards. When seeking to express compassion, ask, “Who is in need?” and, “How can I help?” Your answer could be the student who has
capacity to be attentive to the experience of others, to wish the best for others, and to sense what will truly serve others.” And if, in our heart of hearts, we wish to develop a genuine sense of compassion because we truly care about others, we will, as Halifax suggests, be intentional about noticing and responding to what our students, our colleagues, and what we ourselves need. Zen Teacher Assignment When learning to express compassion, don’t try to save the entire world all at once.