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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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  • 5 Reasons to Bring Plants Into the Classroom

    Keeping potted plants in your room is more than just a nice touch. Research points toward many benefits for the environment—and for your learners.
  • 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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  • 3 Benefits of Having a Comfort Dog in School

    Bringing a comfort dog into your school is a great way to build rapport with students and help them deal with all kinds of stress.
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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.
  • 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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  • Weight Bias Hurts Kids, and We’re Not Talking About It

    A growing body of evidence suggests that weight-based discrimination begins as early as 3 years old, and then persists. What can we do to stop it?
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  • Creative Ways to Teach Breathing Practices to Young Learners

    Teachers can help students in preschool and the early elementary grades use mindfulness to find calm when they feel overwhelmed.
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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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  • 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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  • Child swinging on a swing

    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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  • 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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  • 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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