Can mindfulness make you a better teacher?  An interview with Carla Waites

Yes.  Mindfulness has made me a better teacher.  I hadn't really thought about the benefits of my own mindfulness practice until there was an incident in my college class last March.  Near the end of class, I asked if there were any questions.  A student raised her hand and then become very angry. As she lashed out and got louder and angrier, I thought to myself “She's having a really bad day.  I wonder what’s going on”.  I found myself listening – really listening and responding calmly instead of reacting.    

During my SMART mindfulness training course facilitated by Carla Waites, she told a similar story.  I remember at the time thinking how remarkable her response was so I decided to share more about the benefits of mindfulness by interviewing Carla.

1. Thanks for agreeing to this interview Carla.  Can you start off by introducing yourself?

I am a facilitator for the UBC Faculty of...

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