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Online publication for school educators. Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work? Are your students stressed out, tired, and unable to focus?

Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work?

They’re not alone. The average eighth-grade student now spends over 25 hours a year taking standardized tests, while the average high school student reports feeling stressed 80 percent of the time. Even kindergartners are feeling more academic pressure, spending less time on art and music and more on math, reading, and assessment compared with the late 1990s. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, childhood stress can lead to permanent changes in brain structure and function, increasing the likelihood of learning difficulties, memory problems, and chronic diseases in adult life.

Studies suggest that the amount of stress matters, and can impact student academic performance as well. Can mindfulness—a nonreligious form of meditation that teaches students to breathe, focus, and center themselves in the present moment—help reduce any of the detrimental effects of classroom stress or hectic student schedules? Edutopia measuring sel download maurice elias. Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work? Growth Mindset not the only tool for teachers — EducationHQ Australia. Everyone working in education searches for the elusive magic bullet; that one thing which will suddenly make all of our students open and receptive to the learning we are trying to impart.

Growth Mindset not the only tool for teachers — EducationHQ Australia

It is not so surprising therefore, that when something straightforward but logical comes along we grasp it, believing this will be the missing element in our ability to educate our young charges. The latest panacea to turn our pupils into high achievers is Growth Mindset. The thinking behind it is persuasive, arguing that intelligence is not fixed and can be developed through hard work and positive thinking to help you and your students to achieve their targets.

If successfully applied in the classroom, the potential consequences could be incredible, imagine schools full of children surpassing what they thought they were previously capable of, which teacher wouldn't want to access a tool which could do that? Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too. John Hattie's Eight Mind Frames For Teachers. “Hattie’s 8 Mind frames”.

John Hattie's Eight Mind Frames For Teachers

Praise The Process Build A Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset Deep Dive. Promoting growth mindset and effort in mathematics classrooms. Edutopia. Between final exams, calculating grades, and writing student comments -- not to mention various award ceremonies and graduation -- the end of the school year can often feel like an exhausting sprint to the finish.


For better or worse, this is also when self-reflection works best, when the year's triumphs and struggles are freshest in the teacher's mind. Don't skimp on this essential practice, which can renew your sense of purpose while helping to make you an even better teacher. Face-to-Face Student Feedback. Edutopia.

Don’t Grade Schools on Grit. Still, separating character into specific strengths doesn’t go far enough.

Don’t Grade Schools on Grit

As a teacher, I had a habit of entreating students to “use some self-control, please!” 3 Tips to Foster A Community of Growth Mindset Learners. As an educator, my hope is to develop joyful, self-directed, engaged learners.

3 Tips to Foster A Community of Growth Mindset Learners

Edutopia. By objective measures, our young people are more anxious, more depressed, and have more psychopathology in general than students did a few decades ago.


This has important implications for educators, school administrators, and society at large. What if our traditional school systems are unwittingly contributing to the problem -- and what if a relatively simple practice could help? Sense of Failure As we are all well aware, the current educational system is narrowing its definition of what defines student success.

Edutopia. Day after day, I entered my psycho-physical education classroom at New Roads Middle School, primed and prepared to facilitate an inspiring lesson full of mindful practices.


And day after day, I felt subtle disappointment as students stumbled in rowdy from recess and fumbled their way through the necessary task of moving the eight full-size tables and 25 chairs aside to make space for our work. A chore that could take well under five minutes was eating up our class time and starting our class period with a raucous energy. I tried assigning students to particular desks as they walked through the door. This helped establish greater participation, but the noise level was still an issue. Growth Mindset: Moving From I Can't To I Can't Yet. Four Strategies To Create A Culture of Success in Middle School. If you’ve ever taught middle school, you know it can be challenging.

Four Strategies To Create A Culture of Success in Middle School

But you also know what a special place being in the middle can be. Middle schoolers enjoy laughter. Mindfulness in the Classroom. For me, it all started with a simple chime.

Mindfulness in the Classroom

That’s how I first implemented the core practice of breathing — on purpose — into my classroom’s daily routine. Dr. Travis Bradberry. 6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups. 6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups by TeachThought Staff Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so. The following infographic from Mia MacMeekin seeks to provide some ideas to help make group work easier in your classroom. The strength of this particular graphic is in the range of the ideas. Praise The Process Build A Growth Mindset. The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching. The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching. A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation.

A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation. Listing of Routines - A Culture of Thinking.