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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.

  • How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

    In many places, students returning to school buildings will be required to wear masks. These strategies can help elementary students adjust.
    Lori Desautels
  • 3 Keys to a Better 2020–21

    In response to the upheaval of the pandemic, researchers and the leaders of over 100 schools focused on three fundamental areas of education, whether it’s in person or virtual.
  • How to Set Up a Virtual Book Club for Students

    An online book club organized by a teacher or school librarian can be a good way to foster social interactions during the pandemic.
  • 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.
  • Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S.

    Children are returning to school in countries that are weeks—or months—ahead of the U.S. in battling Covid-19. Here’s how it’s happening.
    Stephen Merrill
  • The Importance of Recess

    Recess is often sacrificed to make room for more academics. The research says that’s a big mistake.
  • 7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

    Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote.
  • Teachers Around the World Tell Us Reopening Is Tough, but Joyful

    In countries where infection rates have stabilized, schools are reopening. When we asked how that’s going, over 600 teachers responded.
  • The Science Behind Brain Breaks

    Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills.
  • During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital

    In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning.
  • 3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning

    Remote learning will likely play a role in students’ lives once schools reopen. Here’s how teachers and parents can help kids manage stress, build resilience, and stay connected.
  • The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline

    Helping students regain their calm after misbehavior doesn’t mean there are no consequences—it ensures that the right lesson is learned.
  • Why Recess Should Never Be Withheld as Punishment

    Experts argue that recess is necessary for a child's social and academic development, and skipping it as punishment for misbehavior or to accommodate more seat time is a serious mistake.
  • Focusing on Student Well-Being in Times of Crisis

    One teacher recommends supporting student safety through three Cs: communication, consistency, and control.
  • What Past Education Emergencies Tell Us About Our Future

    With schools closed in 185 countries, experts who’ve studied school emergencies around the world share insights about the impact on kids.

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