This course provides teachers engaged with critical pedagogy with the tools and techniques to support a mindfulness practice that can be applied both personally and professionally. While learning practical mindfulness applications, we will study what our goals are for embedding mindfulness within critical pedagogy, put new practices into action, and reflect on the effects of our actions of an embodied critical praxis. Teachers will learn about the benefits and challenges of teaching mindfulness in schools, critique its uses, and create practical ways to apply mindfulness and other contemplative practices within a feminist embodied, decolonizing framework for the purposes of social change. Teachers are invited to become “co-researchers” on this self and collective inquiry, where a co-reflection model will be utilized to develop a professional community to support participants’ growth in a critical social mindfulness pedagogy.
Course Number: EDUC-40320
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)