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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.

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  • After Social Isolation, Preparing Our Youngest Students to Thrive

    How early-grade teachers tackled a chaotic year and helped the youngest learners acclimate to life in (actual) school. It’s work that's likely to continue this school year.
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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

    The behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder can be challenging in the classroom, but there are strategies to help build relationships and make way for learning.
  • 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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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • We Drastically Underestimate the Importance of Brain Breaks

    When it comes to optimizing learning, we don’t value breaks enough, neuroscientists suggest in a new study.
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  • How Schools Are Reframing Gym Class to Be More Engaging

    A series of small shifts can make physical education more welcoming and help reluctant students warm up to the idea of getting and staying active.
  • 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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  • 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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  • An illustration of a little boy riding a paper airplane to the moon

    What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

    The author of "The Importance of Being Little" on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children.
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    Time to Play: More State Laws Require Recess

    Unstructured playtime is making a comeback in schools as frustrated teachers, parents, and advocacy groups demand legislative action.
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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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  • How to Build a Menstruation Station at Your School

    Nearly one in four students struggles to afford period supplies, which has a major impact on their ability to learn. Schools can help.
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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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