Both students and faculty benefit from classrooms that seek to provide embodied, integrative and holistic educational experiences.
What does this mean?
First, it acknowledges that all of us have inner lives that are nurtured through reflection. It means that the community of learners grow when we show up as multi-dimensional humans as we explore content together. Contemplative classroom practices may include, but aren’t limited to, metacognitive and self-reflective activities and assignments; experiential learning; strategic use of silence; starting or ending classes with meditation or mindfulness practices; putting curiosity at the fore of the educational endeavor; and inviting play, joy and a wide range of emotion into the classroom. It’s worth noting that multicultural and feminist pedagogies have been providing these types of classroom environments for decades.
Along those lines, we ask that your contemplative pedagogy workshop explicitly support CU’s commitment to a more just and equitable campus community. If you’re interested in developing your own and students’ self-awareness toward an equitable campus we encourage you to connect with the Center for Teaching and Learning—and especially the Center’s Self-Paced Anti-Racism Course found on Canvas (you will need to enter your CU identikey and password to login.)
Pedagogy workshops are designed specifically for current classroom teachers on the CU Boulder campus, be they adjuncts, instructors or tenure-track faculty. If you’re a CU Boulder staff or faculty and would like to propose a contemplative pedagogy workshop, please submit a proposal online.
View upcoming workshops on our Activities page.