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Hello all,

I would add to what others have already said about the value of training
tutors to be “present (and thus able to show students how to do this as
well) that, to me, mindfulness training for tutors dovetails with
self-care, which I consider an essential tutor training topic.

Students often choose to share whatever they are carrying (e.g. memories of
trauma, concerns about life, feelings of anxiety, etc.) with their tutors,
because tutors are peers or staff in non-threatening, non-evaluative role.
So, I always include curricula on mindfulness (being present) and self-care
in my tutor training. I feel it is as necessary as learning theory,
tutoring do’s and don’ts, how to begin and end a tutoring session, etc.

I would be happy to share what I do with anyone who is interested.  Just
send me an email.

On Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 9:57 AM Ira Fabri <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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 <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> Linda
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>>
>>
>> Linda Whitlock, MA
>>
>> Academic Link Coordinator
>>
>> Virginia Western Community College
>>
>> Link Learning Commons (Brown Library B103)
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>> [log in to unmask]
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>> 540-857-6704
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>>
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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
>>
>>
>>
>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>> *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
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__wlnjournal.org_digitaleditedcollection1_Featherstoneetal.html&d=DwIFaQ&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=tkAACBgX69zH9b8QGasKbhgWu8w0Arh-QhL0xf_Y95k&m=qHBPvxsXrugOpz3QESXK7yrsKW3PDRvqQnOuRBWZc9s&s=wyigTKp_vG6EKAjOd9pwpEBjmEuxBpQkL7xheSg5pUo&e= 
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>>
>>
>> Paul
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Paul E. Mabrey III, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
>>
>> Communication Center Coordinator
>>
>> Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies
>>
>> Co-Editor, *Communication Center Journal*
>>
>> James Madison University
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>> *From: *Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
>> [log in to unmask]> on behalf of "Fenton,Jennifer" <
>> [log in to unmask]>
>> *Reply-To: *Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <
>> [log in to unmask]>
>> *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
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> Hope this helps.
>>
>>
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>>
>>
>> *Jennifer Fenton *
>>
>> *She/Her/Hers*
>>
>> Learning Specialist - Writing & Adjunct Professor
>>
>> MCC-Longview
>>
>> Office: 816-604-2208 at LR 220
>>
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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
>>
>>
>>
>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Ira Fabri
>>
>> *Pronouns: She, Her, Hers*
>>
>> Associate Director, Tutoring Services
>>
>> Academic Success Center
>>
>> Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA)
>>
>> UMBC
>>
>> Sherman Hall East, 342
>>
>> 1000 Hilltop Circle
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> Ira Fabri
> *Pronouns: She, Her, Hers*
> Associate Director, Tutoring Services
> Academic Success Center
> Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA)
> UMBC
> Sherman Hall East, 342
> 1000 Hilltop Circle
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