Learning to Stop; Stopping to Learn: Embarking on the Contemplative Learning Path

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Brady, R. (2005). Learning to Stop; Stopping to Learn: Embarking on the Contemplative Learning Path.

Summary:
Contemplative pedagogy is a young and growing approach in American education. It invites new possibilities for the emergence of creativity and promotes depth of understanding and a more personal relationship with course content. The path to contemplative learning is different for each educator who travels it. I relate experiences that led me to develop a personal contemplative practice and describe how, over time, my own practice affected my teaching. I focus especially on contemplative methods I’ve begun using in teaching a tenth grade mathematics course. In the process I examine the dimensions of centering, questioning, awareness, and community that are central to the contemplative element of the course. To give the reader a taste of the course, I include poetry, stories, and quotations that I share with my students.

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