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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.

  • Making Advisory Work During Distance Learning

    Helping students thrive while classes are remote begins with connecting via daily crew meetings at this school.
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  • How Practicing Mindfulness Outdoors Boosts Well-being

    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.
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  • Illustration concept for confronting emotions

    6 Ways to Help Students with ODD

    Offering kids choices, safe spaces, and positive reinforcement can help teachers avoid problems—or manage them when they arise.
    Sarah Gonser
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  • 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.
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  • The Importance of Recess

    Recess is often sacrificed to make room for more academics. The research says that’s a big mistake.
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  • Israeli pupils wearing protective gear make their way to their classroom upon return to school after the COVID-19 lockdown, at Hashalom elementary in Mevaseret Zion, in the suburbs of Jerusalem, on May 3, 2020.

    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.
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  • A photo collage featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

    Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.
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  • Illustration of a hand drawing lines connecting people

    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.
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  • More Than a Check-In: Maslow Before Bloom Throughout the Day

    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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  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
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  • An elementary school student wears a mask during a drama camp activity

    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.
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  • 3 Trauma-Informed Practices Backed by Science

    3 Trauma-Informed Practices Backed by Science

    California surgeon general, pediatrician, and author Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on the science behind relationships, school discipline, and mindfulness.
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  • Teachers disinfect toys at Hanil Kindergarten in Suwon, South Korea, 26 May 2020. Millions of students throughout South Korea are expected to return to school on 27 May as the country gradually lifts coronavirus restrictions.

    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.
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  • Teacher bending over talking to elementary student

    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.
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  • Colorful silhouettes of people wearing protective face masks against infection

    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.
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