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Mindfulness

Discover how students and educators can reduce stress, better regulate emotions, and focus more fully on teaching and learning by tuning into their inner selves.

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  • Creative Ways to Teach Breathing Practices to Young Learners

    Teachers can help students in preschool and the early elementary grades use mindfulness to find calm when they feel overwhelmed.
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  • Short Breaks Help Students—and Teachers—Find Their Calm

    Simple, quick exercises improve mindfulness, self-regulation, and well-being, for both students and teachers.
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  • Self-Regulation Strategies for Young Students

    An occupational therapist offers simple exercises for helping students from preschool through fifth grade manage their energy and emotions.
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  • 8 Activities for Students (and Teachers) to Create a Mindful Classroom

    Everyone in the classroom benefits when there are opportunities throughout the day to reflect and prepare for learning.
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  • How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long

    Morning meetings are a good place to start, but what you really need is a toolkit of strategies to meet your students’ social and emotional needs all day long.
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  • Creating a Dedicated Space for Reflection

    Providing students with a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress helps them develop self-regulation.
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  • 5 Quick Stress Busters for Teachers

    Instead of pushing through anxiety and stress, you may be able to calm yourself and potentially add more balance to the rest of your day.
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    13 Powerful SEL Activities

    Build social and emotional skills into any class.
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  • More Than a Check-In: Maslow Before Bloom Throughout the Day

    While checking in on students’ well-being at the beginning of class is important, tending to it throughout the day helps students flourish—socially, emotionally, and academically.
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  • Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
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  • 13 Educator-Approved Podcasts to Listen to This Year

    Our readers share with us some of their favorite podcasts on teaching, work-life balance, and well-being.
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    When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

    Mindfulness and compassion are effective self-care strategies for teachers who work with students who routinely experience trauma.
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  • Counting Down to Restore Calm in the Classroom

    This simple mindfulness activity can help reset your brain when things get chaotic during the school day.
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  • Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn’t Sit Still

    How an art project on making rock sculptures helped a class of first graders settle down and find their focus.
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  • The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle

    Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. Here are four strategies to incorporate productive struggle into your lessons.
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