Silent Sitting and Reflective Writing: Contemplative Classroom Practices

In this workshop Professor Jennifer Ho will discuss and demonstrate how she uses the contemplative practices of silent sitting and reflective writing in the classroom. Studies have shown that silent sitting can help center students and improve their ability to focus on course material. Low stakes reflective writing exercises can also improve overall student writing skills. Silent sitting and reflective writing paired together allow students to take a breath, both literally and figuratively, giving them the necessary mental space to be present in the classroom. Increasing student presence and engagement is especially useful for instructors who teach subjects that require students to study and discuss provocative, complex, and potentially controversial issues.

The primary audience for this workshop are instructors, however these practices can be used in any setting and with any unit. Managers can use these practices ahead of staff meetings and retreats.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Incorporate silent sitting and reflective writing in the classroom or work unit
  • Explain to students why this can be beneficial for their ability to study and concentrate
  • Guide students in silent sitting

Facilitated by: Jennifer Ho, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts

Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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