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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Eight high school students are standing in a row at the front of the class, each ripping a small piece of paper.

    13 Powerful SEL Activities

    Build social and emotional skills into any class.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Establishing a Culture of Mindfulness in Elementary School

    Providing opportunities for students and staff to participate in wellness practices can start with one dedicated day each week.
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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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  • 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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  • Small Daily Practices to Boost Mental Health

    Positive psychological behaviors promote good mental health hygiene, which reduces stress and improves overall well-being.
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  • Woman looks thoughtfully out of a window with a cup of coffee in her hand

    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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Integrating SEL and Literacy

    Get a peek at daily advisory meetings where students build both literacy and social and emotional learning skills in tight-knit groups.
    12k

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