Contemplative Pedagogies for an Inclusive Classroom

January 19, 2023 | 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Contemplative pedagogies involve teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight. Research suggests that contemplative pedagogy improves every student's capacity to meet learning outcomes; that is, creates a more inclusive and equitable classroom space. Contemplative practices create cognitive space for considering new and challenging viewpoints, reduce test-taking anxiety and stress, improves creativity and problem-solving, and build empathy and community amongst students in the classroom.

In this workshop, participants will explore several methods to implement contemplative pedagogical practices in their classroom to increase inclusivity and equity, including mindfulness and writing exercises, paying special attention to how these practices and exercises are beneficial to minoritized students, as research shows they are beneficial to creating inclusive spaces and supporting the learning of underserved student populations.

After this workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Articulate the benefits of contemplative pedagogy.
  • Plan and implement several contemplative exercises in their courses.
  • Reflect on the importance of how and why contemplative exercises are used.

You may register here.

If you have registered for this event, or are on the waitlist and require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate, please contact Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the event, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

All members of the university community are welcome in Drake Institute activities, programs, services, and employment —regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

Institute for Teaching and Learning programming is offered in accordance with university guidelines associated with in-person and remote activities. The Institute will inform registrants of delivery modifications should those guidelines change.


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