As Robert Morris students and faculty began the fall quarter, the University offered instructors the opportunity to refresh, reclaim and redirect their teaching and their personal approach to mindfulness. The Teaching Institute Methods Conference, “Fall into Balance” was organized by the RMU Teaching Institute Fellows with participation by RMU Culinary Alumni and student chefs.

Through a series of presentations and workshops, students and faculty interacted, listened and learned about focusing on best practices in the classroom, while maintaining an individual, directed path.  Keynote speaker Roberta Ward encouraged everyone to consider the attributes of meditation in her talk, “Meditation and Mindfulness – Tools for Cultivating Balance and Grit.”  By being mindful of taking care of ourselves, we support our physical, mental and emotional well-being, she said.

Additional sessions covered such topics as book discussions, emotional intelligence, food insecurity, Bachata dancing, healthy cooking, avoidance and a gentle yoga experience.  Such conferences provide faculty members with resources, motivation and encouragement as the fall quarter begins.