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Student Wellness

Whether through physical education, health education, or health and nutrition policy within a school, learn about ways to promote and maintain student wellness.

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How a TEDx Mission Makes Learning Relevant To Students’ Lives

In a 7th-grade classroom, health lessons are framed as broader "missions" to get students engaged with relevant topics in their community.

Room to Move: Shared Use Creates Opportunities for Physical Activity

Partnering with local government, schools can create safe community spaces where children enjoy outdoor physical activity. Here are five steps to make that a reality.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Encouraging Kids to Get Outdoors

With summer here, Edutopia's VideoAmy has collected some videos and resources to inspire you and your kids to get outside!

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

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5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

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Study: The Benefits of a Mental Break

Neuroscience research shows the many benefits of a mental break.

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn
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Sensory Room 101

After we published a video about a special room designed to help autistic kids calm and focus themselves, you had questions. Here’s what it takes to create this kind of space.

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Tips for Tackling Timed Tests and Math Anxiety

You can’t make timed tests go away, but you can help make the stress more manageable for students.

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn
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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Making the Case for PE

Explore ways to get moving with your students and to advocate for physical education at your school.

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5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

Use these games to engage even the students who don’t usually like to run.

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Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth mindset.

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Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.

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12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

A tired teacher is a powder keg waiting for a match. In my bouts with burnout, I've learned that stepping back from the brink is about choice. These 12 choices have helped me recover and be a better teacher for my students.

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical,...

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Young people experiencing anxiety or depression are unable to learn. We can overcome this through physical movement, focused attention practices, and teaching them about how brains work.

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Feeding the Teacher's Brain: Nutrition Tips for Busy Educators

By rejecting persistent nutrition myths and starting the day with a healthy meal, teachers can improve their own performance while modeling brain-friendly habits for their students.

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Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development

With an hour-long recess, elementary schools can help children develop through increased creative play, authentic SEL, and adequate physical regulation.

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Ditching the Desk

Remove the teacher's desk and students feel more comfortable and less intimidated, teachers feel more active and engaged, and classroom learning happens in a shared space.

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Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work

Because students bring a broad variety of needs and emotions, start class with bell work that engages their working memory and sets the tone for positive, productive learning.

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