Mindfulness in Education
By combining the insights of contemporary neuroscience concerning the body-mind-link with the wisdom of ancient practices of mindfulness Vera Kaltwasser has developed a curriculum of mindfulness for teachers which they can weave into their everyday school lessons. In her talk Vera Kaltwasser will explain the theoretical background of her curriculum “Mindfulness in schools” and the practical approaches in different educational settings and the benefits of mindfulness regarding the personal growth of children and adolescents.
Self-perception, emotional self-regulation and the capacity of focussing attention can be fostered by formal practices of mindfulness so that the students become aware of their emotional and behavioural patterns. The practice of formal mindfulness-exercises generates a general attitude of mindfulness that embraces self-knowledge and empathy. The second part of the talk deals with the benefits of mindfulness in teacher training as regards stress-resilience and the prevention of burn-out of teachers.
Studies of German literature and Educational Psychology (University of Frankfurt and Bristol), First and Second State Exam (German University Grades)
Further training : Theatre and Drama Pedagogy, Psychodrama (Moreno-Institute,Stuttgart), Qigong (MQA), Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR)
Oberstudienrätin, Teacher training
Author – e.g.: Achtsamkeit in der Schule, Weinheim, Beltz 2008, Persönlichkeit und Präsenz, Achtsamkeit im Lehrerberuf, Weinheim, Beltz 2010