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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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
    Tom Berger
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    Translating Mindfulness to Distance Learning

    Modeling rituals and making mindfulness playful can help students incorporate mindful practices into their daily routines.
  • 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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    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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    13 Powerful SEL Activities

    Build social and emotional skills into any class.
  • 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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    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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    13 Common Sayings to Avoid

    Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.
  • 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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    What Brain Science Teaches Us About Conflict Resolution

    When a teacher noticed her kids fighting at recess, she turned to neuroscience and mindfulness practice to help them take control of their emotions.
  • 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.
  • A split-screen illustration of two cut-open heads facing each other -- the left head with negative symbols rising from the top and the right head with positive imagery.

    7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

    How can we help elementary students who have been scarred by tragedy become more receptive to learning?
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    Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds

    Teachers can help students strengthen their brain's executive function with "workouts" in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.
  • How Strong Relationships Improve School Outcomes

    A Nashville high school striving to close achievement gaps is relying on trauma-informed practices and social and emotional learning—and it’s getting results.

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