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Hello, All.

Thank you for the article and for the very important discussion.  I want to
add that I wasn't thinking of using *meditation *as part of a tutoring
session. While it wouldn't be hard to include a brief breathing exercise in
a tutoring session (and I believe tutors already do it), meditation would
not be feasible or advisable. I am thinking more on how to use the
"awareness" piece of mindfulness, the ability to focus on and be in the
present, as something that could help tutors and students during a session.
In order to do that, tutors need to know what mindfulness is, and so do I.
I might be completely off track here, but I spoke with my colleague in the
Writing Center (who includes mindfulness in her training) and she thought
it was an idea worth exploring.

If I end up designing a meaningful training module, I will share it.
Otherwise, I will have to meditate longer :-)

Thanks again!

Ira

On Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 8:25 AM Linda Whitlock <
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> Like Ray, I didn’t read the article in its entirety, but I did skim the
> beginning and the Buddhist origin of mindfulness is clearly indicated.
> Unlike Ray, however, I have a different set of concerns. Unless I misread
> the beginning of the article, mindfulness practice seems to be an integral
> part of a course that tutors are required to take. And that’s where my
> concern lies. Regardless of whether or not the author of the article
> considers mindfulness to now be totally secular, its Buddhist origins could
> make some tutors who come from other religious backgrounds – Christianity,
> in particular, but possibly Islam and Judaism, as well – very
> uncomfortable. If participation is optional, that’s fine. But from what I
> read, it sounds as though mindfulness is a foundational aspect of the
> course, and given that, the fact that the course is required makes me
> uncomfortable.
>
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> Linda
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> Linda Whitlock, MA
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> Academic Link Coordinator
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> Virginia Western Community College
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> *From:* Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
> [log in to unmask]> *On Behalf Of *Ray Sanchez
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:39 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: Training on tutoring and mindfulness
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>
> I’m no fan of mindfulness in tutor training. I haven’t read this article,
> but I do know that mindfulness is rooted in Zen Buddhist tradition and
> methods (meditation!) and I prefer to have my tutors fill their minds with
> something specific, rather than clear or empty their minds—which could lead
> to a filling of their mind with things I don’t want there!
>
>
>
> You know, like when people say, “Have an open mind,” and I say, “No
> thanks, I want to keep a colander on my brain to filter out the garbage.”
> Okay, I know, perhaps I’m being a little too critical or literal. Relaxing
> and breathing can definitely help us all slow down and reflect and it is
> proven to ease stress and is a counter to self-flagellation. That’s good.
> But I really don’t need my tutors to have fullness of mind, but fullness of
> solutions and strategies to fill the minds of their tutees.
>
>
>
> ~Ray
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> *From:* Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
> [log in to unmask]> *On Behalf Of *Mabrey, Paul - mabreype
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:39 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: Training on tutoring and mindfulness
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>
> Dear Ira and others,
>
>
>
> Jared Featherstone is a colleague here in the James Madison University
> Learning Centers that specializes on researching and integrating
> mindfulness into learning, tutor training, tutoring, and life. Below is an
> article on this, with resources linked, from WLN A Journal of Writing
> Center Scholarship. He has also presented on this across conferences and
> keynote addresses. I have copied him here if you would like to connect.
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__wlnjournal.org_digitaleditedcollection1_Featherstoneetal.html&d=DwIFaQ&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=tkAACBgX69zH9b8QGasKbhgWu8w0Arh-QhL0xf_Y95k&m=gQGk4Hrpp11OC_zCKHxTbC-ObxTK-cymqjRoYPm6-hU&s=YZNAp_JIpkjqUkyP67O7aGS1IXQ3fKsw3B5pOsXZoq0&e= 
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> Paul
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> Paul E. Mabrey III, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
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> Communication Center Coordinator
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> Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies
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> Co-Editor, *Communication Center Journal*
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> James Madison University
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> *From: *Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
> [log in to unmask]> on behalf of "Fenton,Jennifer" <
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> *Reply-To: *Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
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> *Date: *Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:32 AM
> *To: *"[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject: *Re: Training on tutoring and mindfulness
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> We have used the article "The Mistake I Made with My Grieving Friend" by
> Celeste Headlee and discussed the idea of shift vs. support focus in that
> article to show tutors how to frame more mindful conversations.
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>
> Our Level 3 tutors have also expanded presentations on self-regulation
> theory using metacognitive work by Leonard Geddes and Saundra McGuire. We
> also dabble in Brave Space Theory in order to cover topics related to
> diversity awareness, too. I have some of their presentations on file as
> well if you'd like them.
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>
>
> We emphasize the concept that how you regulate your own emotions as a
> tutor affects your tutoring strategies as well as choices. Yet, from the
> student angle, we highlight the idea that there is no way to know the depth
> of feelings and struggles of the person in front you, so the best response
> is the most compassionate one.
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>
>
> Hope this helps.
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>
> Sincerely,
>
>
>
> *Jennifer Fenton *
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> *She/Her/Hers*
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> Learning Specialist - Writing & Adjunct Professor
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> MCC-Longview
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> *From:* Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
> [log in to unmask]> on behalf of Ira Fabri <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:24 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject:* Training on tutoring and mindfulness
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> Hello, All.
>
>
>
> I hope you All are having a great week.
>
>
>
> I am preparing a training session for my CRLA Level 2 tutors on
> mindfulness and tutoring.
>
>
>
> Does anybody have materials to recommend or share?
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
>
>
> Ira
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> Ira Fabri
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> Associate Director, Tutoring Services
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> Academic Success Center
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> Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA)
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> UMBC
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