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  • Test Anxiety: Reducing Stress on Students

    Posted May 10, 2017 in Teaching Strategies

    Parents and educators alike worry that standardized tests place undue burdens on students, triggering stress and anxiety. In a fast-moving culture full of pressure to accumulate good grades and broad experience portfolios, teen stress and anxiety are moving down the chain and affecting middle and elementary students as well. Sometimes this stress manifests as testing…

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  • One Teacher’s Drive to Help Schools Connect Kids with Nature

    Posted January 24, 2017 in Featured Stories

    Leah McDermott, MEd, contends that children are spending less time in the outdoors or in the arts (music, art, band, etc.) because schools are devoting more time to test prep. She wants that to change. “Despite everything we know about the amazing benefits of children spending time outdoors in free, physical play every day, the…

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  • Give the Kids a Break: Why Reducing Recess Time Doesn’t Work

    Posted December 19, 2016 in Featured Stories

    A fidgety classroom makes for tough teaching. Historically, students ran off their excess energy during recess, but over the past 20 years, increasing academic demands have squeezed schools’ ability to provide significant recess time. It’s tempting to think we have to either cut recess to increase academic time or keep recess and risk students not…

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  • Savvy Tips for Helping Children Prepare for Crises and Respond to Disasters

    Posted December 12, 2016 in Featured Stories

    Each workday in the U.S., 69 million children become separated from their families to attend school or receive child care. If disaster strikes, schools, families and anybody else responsible for children’s welfare need proper plans to keep young people safe. One organization devoted to making that happen is Save the Children, which has been protecting…

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  • How Mindfulness in K-12 Classrooms Eases Stress, Produces Better Decisions

    Posted October 24, 2016 in Featured Stories

    Ten or 20 years ago, mindfulness seemed like the forte of yogis, hippies and the like. But bit by bit, the practice of mindfulness (and meditation and yoga) has found its way into the mainstream. Today, Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, the U.S. military and educational institutions are integrating mindfulness practice into their company ethos and…

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  • A Food Supplier Helps Schools Deliver Healthy Lessons and Tasty Meals

    Posted August 8, 2016 in Featured Stories

    What kids eat at school is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. Schools often (though not always) serve the cheapest, most heavily processed meals. Since the controversy about “pink slime” in the meat served in school lunches a few years ago, many parents have grown increasingly worried about school food quality. That’s the backdrop…

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  • Helping Students Cope with Addiction: Tips for Teachers

    Posted June 25, 2015 in From the Principal's Office

    If you teach long enough, you’ll eventually be asked to work with a student who is battling drug and alcohol addiction — either personally or through their families. The latest studies from the National Institutes of Health have noted a sharp drop-off in illicit alcohol, tobacco and drug use by America’s teens in the past…

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  • How Teachers Can Fight Fatigue

    Posted May 18, 2015 in From the Principal's Office

    Teaching, when done properly, is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Fatigue is inevitable when you’re responsible for children who don’t have an “off” switch and always hope to be engaged, and you’re dealing with the relentless demands of crafting engaging lesson plans, grading papers and communicating with families. You’re bound to find yourself dragging from…

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  • Tips for Teachers Working With Medically Fragile Students

    Posted November 20, 2014 in From the Principal's Office

    When I tell people that one of my earliest post-college jobs was volunteer director at a camp for children with cancer, I usually get what I call the “sad head shake.” This is, of course, the natural reaction of someone who thinks that such a camp is a dark and difficult place. Instead, it was…

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  • Teachers Need to Take Care of Themselves During the Holiday Season

    Posted November 10, 2014 in From the Principal's Office

    Ah, the holidays…. For all the fun and joy the holidays are supposed to bring, the months of November and December have always struck me as perhaps the two most stressful months of the school year. Weather turns cooler, days become shorter and far-flung families, some with their own issues, come together for holiday meals…

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  • Student Mental Health and Wellness Resources from Mental Fitness, Inc.

    Posted October 22, 2014 in Featured Stories

    Mental Fitness, Inc. is a non-profit company dedicated to improving and sustaining mental, emotional and physical health for students from all backgrounds. According to founder and CEO Robyn Hussa Farrell, the organization has a unique approach to mental health issues that affect students. “There are many [programs] that assist in intervention, but not in primary,…

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  • Helping Students Develop Healthy Habits Before Flu Season Strikes

    Posted September 4, 2014 in From the Principal's Office Updated July 1, 2015

    I try my best to keep this blog focused on the big things in education, such as attention to craft, communicating effectively and living up to the ideals of our profession. And as I do that, I hear a crescendo of beautiful music in the background as I think of our important work with our…

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  • A New Coach’s Survival Guide

    Posted September 19, 2013 in From the Principal's Office

    What kinds of teachers make good coaches? It’s not just the athletically inclined. The very best teachers — especially for those who work with younger children — truly thrive on the experience of interacting with young people. That requires special attitudes and skills that often apply to leading a team, which is why so many…

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  • 4 Preschool Fitness Lesson Plan Examples

    Posted March 6, 2013 in Early Childhood Education

    Fitness lesson plans during preschool help young kids get off to a strong start in their awareness of physical health. Ideally, some sort of fitness plan should be a part of every early childhood education curriculum. Teachers are able to introduce students to the many benefits of regular exercise, cultivating healthy habits early on. Some…

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  • 4 Tips for Developing a Health Education Curriculum at Your School

    Before science provided the evidence needed to confirm its importance, health education was recognized as being a vital part of every K-12 curriculum. Educators have always understood, for example, that physically healthy and active students were better able to learn. The key to any effective school health curriculum has to be a high degree of…

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  • 4 Ideas for Creating an Elementary Physical Education Curriculum

    Posted March 5, 2013 in Curriculum & Instruction Updated August 6, 2015

    For educators, designing an effective physical education (P.E.) curriculum for elementary school can be both fun and frustrating. Young students are typically motivated to run and play, but creating a curriculum that meets necessary school and state requirements can sometimes be difficult. Below are four ideas for developing a basic elementary school physical education program…

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  • Introducing Healthy Activities into the Classroom: Nutrition, Relaxation and Life Skills

    Posted February 7, 2013 in From the Principal's Office Updated July 1, 2015

    Introducing healthy activities and behaviors to your students should not be an afterthought, but all too often teachers sacrifice these important opportunities to focus on the more pressing — and formally tested — areas of math and language arts. It’s as if teachers are, once again, caught in that trap of sacrificing what is most…

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  • Learning About Nutrition in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers

    Posted October 15, 2012 in Tips for Educators

    As concerns about childhood obesity increase, teachers must find strategies to encourage healthy nutrition, a balanced diet and physical activity in the classroom. Teachers need to get creative when it comes to learning about nutrition because it is a vital part of providing a healthy foundation for future generations. Keep lessons simple While the goal of…

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  • Health Teacher Careers: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted October 4, 2012 in Teaching Careers Updated March 16, 2017

    Health teachers instruct pupils on good hygiene, safe sex, effects of drug or alcohol abuse and why physical fitness is a must for a healthy life. They may take students to farms to show them where their milk comes from or how they get their eggs. They may take students to a dairy or bakery…

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  • Physical Education Teacher: Job and Salary Information for P.E. Teachers

    Posted in Teaching Careers Updated March 16, 2017

    Physical education teachers have an important job — not only are P.E. teachers responsible for the physical well-being of students, P.E. teachers also play a vital role in students’ educational prowess. Numerous studies on early childhood development and adult cognitive retention levels demonstrate that engaging in physical activities throughout the day increases oxygen to the…

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