Lisa Benson Prendergast

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Mindfulness has been defined as the intentional cultivation of focused attention and awareness. Research suggests that integrating mindfulness training into education increases both students' and teachers' effectiveness. This manual of simple
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This 30 page, easy-to-read manual contains exercises to help children of all ages to calm their minds so they can be receptive to learning. This manual includes tips and tools for teachers to use to help students calm emotionally so they can achieve
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Mindfulness exercises inspire teachers to support students' ability to enhance attention, calm emotions, and control wandering minds. These simple tools and tips will foster a positive classroom environment. With easy-to-read scripts, these
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Perhaps the great number of changes in my life exacerbated my ADHD. In any case, mindfulness certainly can be elusive. I've developed exercises to teach the whole child: body, mind, emotion and spirit. My extensive life experience combines 20 years as a yoga teacher, over thirty years parenting, and 19 plus years of classroom skills to help students focus their attention, create mindfulness, and achieve their potential.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach students. I am human, and I apologize when I need to. I treat students like they are someone's children! I teach them what things can be. I'm positive and I'm fair. They work for me because they know I care. I teach them to aspire to their potential. I teach them life lessons. I believe writing, like life, is a process. It is the most disciplined form of thinking, and students write in order to learn about themselves and their world. They keep a portfolio in the classroom. Students learn mindfulness. They learn that they can bring their minds back to the task, and I give them several tools to help!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Introduced "Grammar with a Giggle" to the Chesapeake School System *Co-piloted a local newspaper and was the managing editor for 2 years. *I received the "Namaste" award at Half Hollow Hills High School West. *I started then sold a yoga school which has now graduated over 120 yoga students. I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and teach in the summers on Fire Island. *Raised two glorious, brilliant, vibrant, creative sons! *Active member of the Ocean Beach Community Fund, Ocean Beach, Fire Island, New York.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, with a B.A. in English. I started a second degree at Florida State University. I earned Series 7 Representative status for 6 years and worked on Wall Street. I received my teaching certificate from Virginia Wesleyan in Norfolk, VA. I took courses at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. I received my M.S. from C.W. Post in Educational Technology. I have been teaching students since high school.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I realized that while reading aloud to my freshmen class I was having an entirely different conversation in my head altogether, I knew it was time to help myself and others learn to pay attention and stay on task. I started to compile tools and ideas to help others learn how to practice mindfulness and pay attention. I hope these ideas are useful and promote comprehension, awareness and well-being in you, your families, and your classroom. Namaste! I honor the light within you!

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