Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative
The Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative brings together USC faculty to learn from each other about using reflective, meditative, contemplative, or other similar elements in teaching. This session will feature faculty from different disciplines sharing the ways they weave contemplative approaches into teaching and learning. Come prepared to share your practices and your questions!
Paul Woodruff: Reverence and Mindfulness in the Classroom
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 noon-1:00pm
Join Paul Woodruff, classicist, distinguished teaching professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue for a discussion on the importance of reverence and mindfulness in the classroom.
Location: Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 241
Co-sponsored by: USC Office of Religious Life and USC Center for Excellence in Teaching
Resources For Contemplative Teaching And Learning
- The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education is an initiative of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, promoting the emergence of a broad culture of contemplation in the academy by connecting a network of leading institutions and academics committed to the recovery and development of the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning and knowing. http://www.acmhe.org . It conducts workshops and trainings in contemplative pedagogy techniques.
- Poetic Proverbs for Contemplation - for use at the outset of class meetings
- Waiting for Us to Notice Them
- How to Solve it by George Polya (1945). This is an enduring classic, a short, pithy book about problem-solving in mathematics – but it generalizes to all types of problem-solving. His admonition to “look at the unknown” is, effectively, an invitation to contemplation.
- The Heart of Higher Education by Parker Palmer (author of The Courage to Teach) and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society -- "for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses."
- Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love by Arthur Zajonc - "(he) developed his orientation toward meditation through working with hundreds of university students and professors..." This book is full of techniques of contemplation and meditation that can be used to enhance learning in all sorts of classrooms.
- Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education – Chickering, Dalton, Stamm – A sourcebook of policies and programming used in colleges and universities to integrate and deepen students' educational experiences.
- Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks. She is a scholar and author focused on student’s search for “the big picture” in higher education.
- Powerpoint on Contemplative Inquiry (PDF) created by Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC, based on the work of Arthur Zajonc and others.
- Living like a Roman Emperor: the Stoic Life (PDF)
- Mindfulness Training Boosts Test Scores
References From Previous Workshops
- Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
- Augusto Boal, Games for Actors and Non-Actors
- Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition
- Paul Woodruff, Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue