Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching by Ira Rabois

Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can…

byIra Rabois

Kobo ebook | October 5, 2016

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Compassionate Critical Thinking demonstrates how to use mindfulness with instructional effectiveness to increase student participation and decrease classroom stress, and it turns the act of teaching into a transformational practice. Many books teach mindfulness, but few provide a model for teaching critical thinking and integrating it across the curriculum. The purpose of this book is to show teachers how to create a classroom culture of compassionate critical thinking.
When students feel a lack of meaning and purpose in their school lives, they resist learning. Using a Socratic style of inquiry, Rabois changes the classroom dynamic to encourage self-reflection, insight, and empathy. Vignettes capture dialogue between teacher and students to illustrate how mindfulness practices elicit essential questions which stimulate inquiry and direct discovery. What bigger mystery is there, what more interesting and relevant story, than the story of one’s own mind and heart and how they relate us to the world?

Title:Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 5, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for all educators Compassionate Critical Thinking by Ira Rabois is an insightful, thought-provoking, and highly practical book. Critical thinking and “mindfulness” are two hot topics in education. This book is the only one I know of that illuminates the connections between these practices—connections that we need in order to promote peace in ourselves and in our communities. We are living in a world that urgently needs to work on cultivating “compassionate critical thinking”—what the author describes as “reason deepened by empathy and by valuing of the welfare of the countless others who inhabit the world with us” (p. xi). The book is written in an inviting, accessible style, offering many examples of how theoretical ideas work in classroom practice. It provides cross-curricular step-by-step guidance for classroom instruction. I came to this book with an interest in mindfulness practices and the role of imagination and emotional engagement in learning. I have learned much more than I anticipated about these topics, as well as about critical thinking, empathy, and Socratic questioning and how these ideas—and ways of teaching—can transform my work. I highly recommend this book for all educators.
Date published: 2017-05-29