The Compassionate Classroom

Lessons That Nurture Wisdom & Empathy

by Jane Dalton and Lyn Fairchild

This inspiring guidebook contains 40 lessons supporting a heartfelt approach to teaching as well as a nurturing classroom environment for middle school and high school students. Lessons develop empathy, reverence, self-awareness, and mindfulness by building connections among diverse populations, cultivating creativity and rewarding reflective thinking. Other goals for student understanding include interpretation of human rights principles, development of ecological perspectives, and empathy and appreciation of world wisdom traditions. Each lesson begins with a brief anecdote from the authors’ teaching experiences, followed by a short summary of interfaith or secular philosophies, and a concise lesson plan ready for immediate implementation.

“A valuable resource for teachers exploring spirituality in the classroom. The activities are thoughtfully presented and should appeal to teachers.” —Jack Miller, author, Education and the Soul and The Holistic Curriculum

“A well-organized book rich with wisdom, creativity, and concrete lesson plans.” —Greater Good

Compassionate Classroom

This is a valuable resource for teachers exploring spirituality in the classroom. The activities are thoughtfully presented and should appeal to teachers. I particularly like the interfaith perspective that is found in many of the activities.  Jack Miller, author of Education and the Soul and The Holistic Curriculum. 

 

More Publications

 

Dalton, J.E., Byrnes, K., & Dorman, E. (Eds.). (Forthcoming 2018). The Teaching Self: Contemplative Practices and Pedagogy in Pre-Service Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Dorman, E., Byrnes, K, Dalton, J.E. (Eds.). (Forthcoming 2018). Impacting Teaching and Learning: Contemplative Practices, Pedagogy, and Research in Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Dalton, J. E. (Forthcoming 2108). Embracing a Contemplative Life: Art and Teaching as a Journey of Transformation. In J.E. Dalton, K. Byrnes, & E. Dorman, (Eds.), The Teaching: Self Contemplative Practices and Pedagogy in Pre-Service Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Byrnes, K., Dorman, E., & Dalton J.E. (Eds.). (2017). Cultivating a Culture of Learning: Contemplative Practices, Pedagogy, and Research in Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Campbell, L. & Dalton, J. E. (In Press). Researching Contemporary Handwork: Stitching as Renewal, Remembrance, and Revolution. Art Education. National Art Education Association.

Dalton, J. E. (2017). Opening the Contemplative Mind through Art. In, N. Roenpagel & M. Garbutt, (Eds.), The Mindful Eye. Common Ground Publishing

Dalton, J. E., & Hrenko, K. (2016). Caring as a Transformative Model for Arts Integration. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue.  American Association of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dalton, J. E. (2016). Artfully Aware: Contemplative Practice in the Classroom. International Journal of Arts & Society. Common Ground Publishing.

Dalton, J. E. (2015) Art, Love, and Learning. In, P.L. Thomas, P.R. Carr, J. Goreleski, J. & B. Porfilio. (Eds.), Pedagogies of kindness and respect: On the lives and education of children. New York, NY: Peter Lang, USA.

Dalton, J. E. & Hrenko, K. (2015). Contemporary Approaches to Integrating Visual Art & Music. In, N. Robinson & F. Spano. Teaching general music education: A K-12 experience. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Hrenko, K. & Dalton, J. E., (2015). 1 middle school + 2 teacher education programs=3 ways of enacting community-based art education. International Journal of Arts & Society. Common Ground Publishing.

Dalton, J. E. (2015). The expressive teacher: Renewing vitality through arts-based professional development. Journal of Art for Life, 6(1). Advance online publication. http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/jafl/vol6/iss1/8

Dalton, J. E. (2012) Altered Perspectives: Shaping Teachers’ Experiences through Arts-Based Professional Development. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. EGS University. Switzerland.
Dalton, J. (January, 2009). Notan: Studies in contrast. School arts: The art education magazine for teachers http://www.davisart.com/Portal/SchoolArts/articles/1_09Notan.pdf

Dalton, J. (February, 2009). The art of african senufo cloth: School arts: The art educationmMagazine for teachers, 108 (6), 28-29 .

Dalton, J. (2008). Teacher as cultural broker, Yes! Online: Education connection. http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=2300

Dalton, J. E. (2007). Arpilleras: Stories in Cloth. School arts: The art education magazine for teachers 107(2), 50-51.

Dalton, J. E. (2007) Puppetry in the classroom. School arts: The art education magazine for teachers.

Dalton, J. (2001). A prayer quilt. Teaching Tolerance. Montgomery, Alabama: Southern Poverty Law Center. http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-20-fall-2001/feature/belief-action