Obstacles to meditation in the college classroom

Imagine, if you will, this scene: just under two dozen first-year college students have, somehow, dragged themselves out of bed at the near-crack of dawn, eschewed changing out of nightclothes in favor of shoving bare feet into flip flops or possible Uggs, and slouched into a third-story classroom. They rest their heads on their tables…

Getting ZZZs to Get More As

My students have sometimes been quick to dismiss some scientific finding as obvious: “Why did someone even need to do a study to show this? It’s just common sense!” Except, common sense isn’t always correct sense. And over the weekend while studying for exams, I think a great many of our students might have gone wrong…

Why “Smart” Girls Don’t Do Math

Sometimes, usually about halfway through a stack of student papers, I close my eyes and dream of teaching without grades. Not without reading papers, or breaking out the colored pen to mark and comment, but without the one single letter that they look for first, and that takes the focus off the other hundreds of letters…

One fortnight to change your mind?

Mindfulness has permeated the popular consciousness, with an emphasis on what it can d for you (lose weight! cure depression! be a better leader! and more!). Like exercise, mindfulness meditation is becoming a potential cure-all and everyone wants the results…without the long hard slog of practicing every day. We are starting to see the meditation…