Mind Shift

Movement And Breathing Breaks Help Students Stay Focused On Learning

For many kids, sitting still all day in school is a big challenge, which is why movement breaks are good practice, whether it’s in elementary school or high school. Additionally, learning science shows us that movement activates the brain and improves cognition.

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Giving Students Stepping Stones For Participation To Lift Up Their Voices

Getting students to engage in academic dialogue can be challenging. Many students are shy, lack confidence, don’t know how to begin, or are content to let the same few students dominate a conversation. But when every student is participating and sharing their perspectives it’s a beautiful thing.

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When Kids Ask Really Tough Questions: A Quick Guide

I know she died, but when is Grandma coming back?
Why is your skin darker than Mommy’s?
Why do we live here but Daddy doesn’t?
Are you the tooth fairy?
Anyone with kids in their life knows what it’s like to be surprised by a tough question. It can come at any time, often when you least expect it: at breakfast, at bedtime or from the back seat.

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Anger Can Be Contagious — Here’s How To Stop The Spread

Even if you’re not aware of it, it’s likely that your emotions will influence someone around you today.
This can happen during our most basic exchanges, say on your commute to work. “If someone smiles at you, you smile back at them,” says sociologist Nicholas Christakis of Yale University. “That’s a very fleeting contagion of emotion from one person to another.”

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More Green Spaces in Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

The experience of natural spaces, brimming with greenish light, the smells of soil and the quiet fluttering of leaves in the breeze can calm our frenetic modern lives. It’s as though our very cells can exhale when surrounded by nature, relaxing our bodies and minds.

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Dr. Seuss Books Can Be Racist, But Students Keep Reading Them

This week, millions of students and teachers are taking part in Read Across America, a national literacy program celebrated annually around the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. For over 20 years, teachers and students have donned costumes — often the Cat in the Hat’s iconic red and white striped hat — and devoured books like Green Eggs and Ham.

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Strategies To Foster A Sense Of Belonging In Your Classroom

When students feel they belong at school they also feel respected and ready to learn. That’s why teachers work so hard to create a class environment where every student feels able to contribute and be heard.

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How Making Time for Mindfulness Helps Students

Not knowing the answer to a question when you’re called on in front of the entire class. Forgetting your homework. The kid behind you pulling your hair. School poses a lot of stressful moments, but how children (and teachers) react to them can make all the difference.
A new study suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ ability to stay engaged, helping them stay on track academically and avoid behavior problems.

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How Schools Spark Excitement for Learning with Role Playing and Games

Michael Matera’s students don’t merely learn about medieval Europe, they live it. Albeit, with a few monsters and enchanted items thrown in the mix.

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How Extra Arts Education at School Boosts Students’ Writing Scores — And Their Compassion

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by on February 12, 2019
When you’re the big fish, it’s not OK to pick on the little fish just because you can.

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