Along with being an 8th grade English teacher, Erin Tashian is also the founder of Teaching With Awareness, a professional development program that creates a movement of teachers so aligned to their purpose they foster a mindful social-emotional experience for their students.
Erin has been named teacher of the year in Ridgewood, New Jersey and has presented at many educational conferences, most notably the AMLE National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the National At-Risk Youth Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
Erin is also the host of The Mindful Educators Podcast, a resource for educators who are looking to bring mindful awareness to their teaching and their life.
Erin fuses her 30 years of teaching in one of New Jersey's most competitive school districts with her Masters in Reading and multiple yoga certifications to perfect the framework of her Teaching with Awareness program. The result is a mindfulness-based teaching and learning experience that yields connected teachers and critical thinkers equipped with self-awareness, self-regulating skills and an ability to steadily navigate life's challenges. It is her belief that it is our responsibility as educators to create classroom communities that support students in excelling both academically and emotionally, without losing the rigor and edge they need to succeed and compete in the 21st century.
It’s All About Connection: Strategies and Resources for Paraprofessionals
Now more than ever, paraprofessionals are key components in meeting the needs of our students. Knowing students perform better if they are feeling understood, valued and cared for by the adults in the classroom, connection is a critical cornerstone in building safe and effective learning environments, even in the remote setting.
Mindfulness and Social Emotional Awareness: The 21st Century Superpowers for Teachers and Students
This experiential workshop meets teachers where they are on their journey to creating a mindful classroom and life so they can support their emotional needs as well as the needs of their students. Participants will explore mindfulness by definition and understand the value of mindfulness and emotional awareness as superpowers for both teachers and students. We will uncover the science behind mindfulness and its ability to change the brain, decreasing stress, improving mood, increasing focus, and performance. Quick easy to implement mindfulness practices for both teachers and students will be reviewed. Lastly, participants will explore the practice of mindfully setting intentions in the classroom before learning objectives. Setting intentions shapes and informs every aspect of teaching and learning.
The Power of Connection: With Ourselves, Our Students, and Our Content
The shift to distance learning has taught us the importance of focusing on connection and student engagement. In this session, we will be identifying simple and new ways in which we can connect to ourselves, our students, and our content. Strengthening these connections leaves educators feeling more fulfilled and better about our lives and our teaching. Together we will identify the social-emotional power of connection in the live classroom, virtual learning classroom, or hybrid learning experience. Easy and powerful strategies will be explored
A Deeper Dive into Mindful Practices for Teachers and Students
This interactive workshop is for educators ready to take their mindfulness practices to the next level. Together teachers are guided through self-awareness and self-reflection activities gathering insights allowing teachers to create emotionally safe and intellectually stimulating classrooms that build patterns of awareness to improve engagement, relationships, health, decision-making, and performance.