Friday, February 26, 2010

The Compassionate Classroom

"Respect. Love. Compassion. What we need for ourselves we should give to our children." - Jennifer Cohen, Little Flower Yoga
Little Flower Yoga just posted an upcoming workshop for teachers of all subjects (including yoga), parents, or anyone else who work with children.
The Compassionate Classroom - March 16th 6:30pm-9:30pm
I've attended this workshop when I first started teaching and was able to walk away feeling well prepped for whatever classroom management issues may come my way. The workshop will be run by Jennifer Cohen of Little Flower Yoga and held at the most adorable children's yoga studio Karma Kids at 104 W 14th St. in NYC.
Here is a description of the workshop:
"Are you ever frustrated by the behavior of your students? Ever frustrated by your own reaction to their behavior? Feel like you don't want to yell but don't know what else to do? Wish you could spend more time on content and less on classroom management?
The Compassionate Classroom workshop will give you tools and techniques to keep your students engaged through cooperation rather than control. You will learn to teach classes in a way that shows compassion and respect for all children, and use powerful communication strategies to create an environment of mutual trust.
Our goal is to provide all children with a sense of internal discipline, and offer teachers alternatives to punishment methods that serve to re-orient students to activities rather than ostracize them. Avoid unnecessary conflict and power struggles with your students and you will be amazed at how much time you can dedicate to learning!"
I highly recommend it!


  1. I strongly agree with the compassionate approach to classroom management! Wonderful, wonderful!

  2. This kind of work is so needed. As teachers, we constantly need to refresh our class management skills. Compassion is a fundamental aspect of harmony in the classroom. Compassion helps to dissolve judgement and neutralize conflict.