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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.

September 29, 2020

The phrase “Maslow before Bloom” is a cliché in education for good reason: Paying attention to students’ social and emotional needs primes their developing brains for learning, so that they are better able to take in and process lessons. 

Different teachers will prefer different tools, and the point here is not to try all of the strategies you’ll find in the article below. Instead, pick a few: some movement breaks to use up some energy, calming routines like mindfulness activities when students seem to need to recenter themselves, and so on. 

Greeting students at the door is a good idea for everyday use, but after that, each teacher will put Maslow before Bloom in their own way, throughout the day.

To learn more about these strategies, including the research behind them, please see “How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long.

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