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How to Enable Students to Learn Mindfully? Through Contemplative Pedagogy

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Meditation slows down brain contraction if a person practices daily.

Is it scientific support for a slowdown in education?

And how do you connect mindfulness, visual literacy, and learning space?

In this recording, Dr. Nava Levitt Ben-Nun lectures at Bar-Ilan on the transition from learning "by third party" to learning "in-person": bringing the inner world of the learner into the academic space in the approaches of Contemplative Pedagogy.

The lecture by Dr. Nava Ben Levit Ben-Nun presents these new ideas at the Wonder of Wisdom Conference: Brain, Learning, and Creativity - Insights from the World of Research and Applications in Academic Teaching from the Center for Teaching Advancement and the Vice Rector's Office. The conference took place on May 13, 2019, at Bar Ilan University.

It's exciting to meet this issue- Contemplative Pedagogy after a year of plague and being at home.

For extensive reading on please see - Columbia University.

In the year I worked remotely, I opened the morning with half an hour of yoga. I keep exercise daily ever since.

I met Dr. Ben-Nun more than a decade ago when I invited her to a lecture for educational environment design instructors at the Psaga Centers.

She told us about an experience she had in one of the schools in south Tel Aviv. She instructed teachers to practice mindfulness exercises that strengthen sensory channels and increases concentration. These routines have an impact on joy, resulting in the whole school a more pleasant atmosphere.

What does Contemplative Pedagogy do? (From a lecture by Dr. Nava Ben-Nun)

  1. Fosters awareness

  2. Focuses attention

  3. Allows reflection and introspection

  4. Reduces judgment

  5. Develops the ability to avoid attachments to templates when to no avail

  6. Encourages to hold uncertainty, complexity, and contradictions

  7. Helps deal with information overload and tasks

Research has shown some effects of Contemplative Pedagogy on the brain.

Research has shown some effects of Contemplative Pedagogy on the brain.

Okay, I'm convinced -Contemplative Pedagogy complies for me!
What should I do next?

There are many ways to practice this pedagogy-

  • Yoga

  • Dance

  • Tai Chi

  • Taikido, Chi Kung

  • Circles of listening and dialogues

  • Singing and playing

  • Activism and volunteering

  • Listening to the words of others

  • Storytelling - You can also create a video, animation, comics

  • Meditation

  • A trip in a maze

  • Visualization

  • Private/sacred place design

  • Improvisation

The University of Columbia website uses the image of the practice tree

The University of Columbia website uses the image of the practice tree

for the application of Contemplative Pedagogy.

The creators of this tree ask us to fill in our own words around a drawing of a tree using it as a mind map. All the activities we would like to use as we promote our version of Contemplative Pedagogy.

Here is a file that you can download from the University of Columbia website.

Would you please take a moment and try to think- to what extent can I apply one or several practices in my daily life? (If you do not set a personal example - it will not work)

Then reflect on the practices suitable for your students in school or kindergarten.

Preparation: At the beginning of the experience, create an accepting, warm, welcoming environment (your way).

Do not be afraid to tell them about your goals—the "behind the scenes" reasons for trying new things.

Beginning: From the moment you start, do not back down when some students are reluctant; convey confidence.


  1. Try to keep track of behavioral changes, expect various drawbacks.

  2. Make an effort to understand how you feel during the experience.

  3. Would you mind encouraging students to observe and give them as much feedback and support as they need?

Continuation: Drift others with you, create islands of Contemplative Pedagogy

and become mentors in the educational institution where you work. Share insights with parents and other relevant partners. Find support for parents, counselors, and more.

On my site, you will find many ideas for implementing Contemplative Pedagogy.

For example, a learning space that encourages movement develops photographic literacy, learns with a mind map, and slows education.

For meditation practice, I used Headspace APP.

Sign up for the site forum now and join me for a thought-provoking discussion.

Good luck, 21st-century teachers.

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