The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom

The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom

by Dan Tricarico

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ISBN-13: 9780986155468
Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Publication date: 09/21/2015
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 161,731
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jedikermit More than 1 year ago
I may have picked this book up at just the right time in my life. When you're a teacher or administrator or in any part of education, there's a lot of pressure from every direction. It seems that satisfying the needs of legislatures and data and committees all take precedence over the needs of your individual school. And the needs of your principal and PLC sometimes override what's best for your students (the reason we do anything, supposedly). And we take care of students before we take care of ourselves. All of that is inverted. Dan Tricarico aims to help us fix that. Using principals of Zen, helping us through meditation, mindfulness, and self-care, Tricarico leads us toward a serenity. A peace. A "quiet mind." This is what I've been missing. In the classroom or in a cubicle, the pressure to perform has us so frenzied that we're losing sight of ourselves. In taking care of everyone else, we're neglecting our own needs, and that's not healthy. And it will eventually have consequences for our classroom, our students, and probably our home life. I loved this book. He builds Zen novices up with baby steps, and helps us focus on what's most important. I don't know what I was expecting, but this just went to the top of my recommendation list for teachers, and for non-teachers at well. If you're in the need for some healing in the middle of the school year, this could be what you're looking for.