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This is an excellent strategy

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This is an excellent strategy to include in any classroom for any grade level. This strategy shows teachers that we need to try new approaches to help students. Having students take the time to quietly meditate is a strategy I plan to use in the classroom.

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Three educational entrepreneurs created products to help with many challenges mentioned above. Check them out at

http://www.orandaworks.com/products/student-parent-teacher-trio

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Stressed students

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Elena, thank you for talking about this important issue. It is hard, or impossible, to learn when you are too stressed about life.
Of course it is good to know why students are stressed, but that knowledge alone doesn't take you anywhere. You need appropriate pedagogical tools for your classroom. One minute meditation obviously can be such a tool. But there are lots of other tools. Where this all boils down are the choices, immediate and instinctive, that you as a teacher make in the classroom each and every day, because these interactions create the mental/emotional learning environment. Reflecting upon those choices is an excellent tool for any teacher, anywhere. More information here: http://notesfromnina.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/reflective-practice/ But if you wish to learn more about truly student centered and emotionally safe learning environments I was taught to create while getting my teaching certification in Finland, please just email me at notesfromnina at gmail dot com.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Race to Nowhere

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Thomas -

Have you seen the educational documentary, "The Race to Nowhere?" - It documents many stories of different students and their cause of stress in school.

More info about Race to Nowhere: http://www.racetonowhere.com/.

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I find this article enlightening and challenging. Long before I reached the end, I had written down: What are the factors creating stress in children? I also wonder if one minute would be sufficient time to quiet students in my class in the Bahamas.

One thing I have recommended to students is that they should have a "back-up" plan for life - similar I suppose to "implementation intentions."

While it is difficult to capture that group identity in a small school of thirty students ranging from K3 to Grade 12, we find the soaring eagle as a point of connection for individual aspirations and the united thrust of our two year old institution.

Finally, while we must face the "realities" children must contend with in this world, it is essential to point out possibilities found in dreams being pursued, goals being accomplished and outreach for the betterment of humanity. I must research KIPP.

High school 7-12 teacher from Nassau, Bahamas

I find this article

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I find this article enlightening and challenging. Long before I reached the end, I had written down: What are the factors creating stress in children? I also wonder if one minute would be sufficient time to quiet students in my class in the Bahamas.
One thing I have recommended to students is that they should have a "back-up" plan for life - similar I suppose to "implementation intentions."
While it is difficult to capture that group identity in a small school of thirty students ranging from K3 to Grade 12, we find the soaring eagle as a point of connection for individual aspirations and the united thrust of our two year old institution.
Finally, while we must face the "realities" children must contend with in this world, it is essential to point out possibilities found in dreams being pursued, goals being accomplished and outreach for the betterment of humanity. I must research KIPP.

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