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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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  • 5 Mindfulness Apps for Teachers

    Mindfulness isn’t a cure-all for an over-full schedule, but these apps can help teachers interested in trying it to pause and refocus their energy.
    Shawna Kay Williams-Pinnock
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6 Questions To Help Students Cope With Everyday Stress

    Stress can be an overwhelming force in teenagers’ lives. A few simple questions can help them find relief and get back to learning.
  • 6 Tips for Making Reflection a Consistent Habit

    Reflecting on teaching practices and classroom events is valuable, but it can be tough to regularly make the time for it. These tips can help.
  • 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.
  • Small Daily Practices to Boost Mental Health

    Positive psychological behaviors promote good mental health hygiene, which reduces stress and improves overall well-being.
  • Incorporating Vision Boards in World Language Classes

    Creating a vision board guides students to contemplate their life goals and work on the target language.
  • 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.
  • 4 Norms for Creating a Human-Centered Classroom

    Teachers can focus their energy on creating a classroom focused on the students themselves, rather than outcomes, by helping them build relationships and develop a more robust sense of self.
  • How Practicing Mindfulness Outdoors Boosts Well-Being

    As schools have taken classes outside for safer in-person learning, many have found the value of connecting mindfulness activities to nature.
  • 6 Simple, Low-Cost Ways to Promote Student Self-Care

    From communal coloring to collaborative puzzles, these accessible activities offer moments in the school day for kids to pause and focus on their own well-being.
  • A Movement Sequence to Help Students Maintain Self-Regulation

    An occupational therapist offers a series of calming whole-body exercises for students to do as a class throughout the school day.
  • 5 Keys to Challenging Implicit Bias

    Challenge implicit biases by identifying your own, teaching colleagues about them, observing gap-closing teachers, stopping "tone policing," and tuning into such biases at your school.
  • 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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