Transcendental Meditation and ADHD Consciousness-Based Education
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Teaching Profile -
Bill Torrington

 

 
 

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E-mail: bill.torrington@gmail.com
 
Artwork by Bill Torrington:
 
 
Including Mastercopies from:
 
Ray Ellis and Walter Cronkite
 
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"The purpose of existence is the expansion of happiness."
 
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
 
 
"Quiet Time at an Inner City School"  (7 Min.; excellent)
 

 
My Approach to Teaching
 
My story of teaching is that each child is a being waiting to be fascinated by the world. Education is facilitated by awe and wonder -- reverance for nature and for the creations of man flows effortlessly from a wondrous heart and a curious mind. Learning happens best when a teacher acts as a student's guide toward fascination with and exploration of any subject. 8
 
 

Worth and Self-worth

 

The guiding principle of my approach to teaching is the development of two experiences in every child -- the experience of "worthfulness", and the experience of "self-worth".

 

Worth, or worthfulness, results from a combination of knowing one’s talents and from knowing that one is able to use these talents in daily life. By developing my student’s feelings of worthfulness to their society, I am able to ensure the second experience: feelings of self worth -- or high self esteem -- in school and at home. 7, 38  The worthful abilities for logical thinking and for creative inspiration generate confidence and vision for the future, and thus make the young student's present learning experience a joyful one.  28

 

 

The Exciting Learning Environment

 

Children are naturally attracted to activities of great charm, with great potential for learning: exciting, meaningful classwork captures a child’s attention best. My goal each day as an educator is to make it virtually impossible – through the anticipation of such lively learning – for my young students not to listen to me. 27  If I can accomplish this -- if I can lead my students daily to the joy of exploration -- then I know that they will succeed:  the bliss of accomplishment in early learning will lead their interest onward in the promise of greater learning each and every day of their lives.

 

 

The Log Cabin Day

 

This was one of the best days of my life. My sixth grade girls at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment (www.maharishischooliowa.org) in Fairfield, Iowa "saw" and took ownership of this project with less than five minutes of explanation. 29  They were mothers left by their soldiering husbands to finish their log cabin abode and a general store before the onset of a harsh New England winter. They would need furniture, roofs, walls, provisions … and they would even need to create the scenery for their adventure – trees, rocks and pathways. 30  The girls self-divided into groups covering each sub-project above. They "went to town" notching and setting the pre-fabricated logs (three layers of laminated cardboard, cut in strips) working together to create a proper consistency mortar (out of flour and salt dough). 31 They invented tables and beds from the same logs, cutting sheets and stuffing pillows from cotton batten and cloth scraps. They glued cardboard shingles on the roof panels and filled clear plastic-hose “jars” with self-provided seasonings and flour, applying corks to finish.

 

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The following day the young ladies next invented a clay-consistency dough, and with minimum assistance produced a realistic landscape of pinecone-treed hills around their buildings. 32  They then cut out pre-printed paper figures, and colored and placed their American settler family in their new home.

 

They had learned to be carpenters, planners, store owners, and many more things in a history lesson that had truly "come to life".  33

 

 

The Art of Being There … for Them!

 

Every child has something to contribute. Some contribute sooner, others later. Whether confident or shy, I try to listen to all children’s offerings with equal enthusiasm. 15  “The watered seed grows” and the quiet child may remember all their life the day the teacher praised their artwork or suggestion in front of the class. 2  Above all, I hope to engender such “listenership” toward their classmates in all members of my kind and caring classroom.

 

 

Guarding and Guiding the Educational Experience

 

My best advice to myself or to any future teacher would be:

  • Be the best provider and guider of your students' learning experience, so that they can be the best learners. First and foremost,  provide them  the opportunity for consciousness-based learning (visit www.tm.org).
  • Next, safe-guard their experience of hands-on, minds-on learning by always beginning your class prepared. Most especially, all materials and instructional resources should be ready and at-hand.
  • Finally, decide what portion of your personal time you are willing to devote to added excellence in your teaching -- and then use that extra time (its still yours!) and enjoy it to the fullest.

 

Create a River of Learning

 

Every day can be a perfect day of learning. Each day’s perfection can reinforce the educational experience as a whole. Each week could be an unforgetable week of exploration, meaningfulness and fun. 5

 

And the positive value of it all could sweep up the small problems of teaching into the great magic cauldron of discovery, self-discovery and learning!

 

 

 

 

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