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Mindfulness Activities to Use In Your Classroom

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Mindfulness Activities to Use In Your Classroom

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us.  Mindfulness can be a powerful way to decrease stress, boost our immune system, and promote overall healing. It can also help boost student achievement, buffer against bullying, and create resilient students. Mindfulness reduces the stress, depression, and anxiety that our students face every day (yes, even kids feel stress). This enables them to focus more on their academic success (Positive Psychology Program, 2018). Research has found that: Elementary...

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5 Ways to Positively Manage Student Behavior

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5 Ways to Positively Manage Student Behavior

My class won't stop talking no matter what I do.  I feel like I'm yelling all the time.  My students who are behaving don't get the recognition they deserve.  Sound familiar? Sometimes we have groups of students that won't stop talking no matter what we do. We feel like we are always grumpy (or yelling) and that our kids who are behaving don't get the positive attention they need from us. We also begin to feel like we can't be the fun, happy teacher we normally are because we are constantly dealing with behavior issues. Something that I've found in...

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10 End of Year Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

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10 End of Year Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

Approaching the end of the school year can be maddening! First off, us teachers are exhausted. Not just from the long school year, but from the grueling testing season. I think it’s safe to say that we all desperately need a well-deserved vacation. But wait! Before you head for a day at the beach, or a late night filled with binge watching your favorite Netflix shows, you still have at least a few weeks left in your classroom. And on top of that, your classroom is sure to be filled with students who are probably even more excited for the...

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How to Get Started With Flexible Seating

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How to Get Started With Flexible Seating

  “If we truly want to prepare our students for the real world, we need to put them in responsive, dynamic environments that reflect life outside of a traditional classroom. And what’s that life outside like? Full of choices, where adults are responsible for their own learning. As a college student visiting my classroom once said, “It’s like you’re treating them like little adults.” And as my teaching has changed, my classroom design needed to change right along with it.”              - Kayla Delzer, Why Flexible Seating?   There are many reasons you might want...

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Behavior Contracts and Interventions

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Behavior Contracts and Interventions

Behavior contracts are a useful intervention used by classrooms and schools to help monitor and change student behavior. They are also a way to celebrate positive behavior, major and minor accomplishments, and real change within a student. WHAT IS A BEHAVIOR CONTRACT?   A behavior contract is a contract that is written by the teacher with input from the student. It outlines targeted behavior to fix or desired behavior to be promoted. The teacher and the student work together to discuss the goals that they are working toward. Working together with the student, the teacher can also identify rewards and...

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