Brain breaks are short mental breaks taken throughout a lesson or academic activity. They help children remain calm, focused and engaged, and they’ve been shown to reduce stress. With schools
Under-resourced students are far more likely to suffer from the negative effects of life in unhealthy environments. Educators who understand the connection of good physical and emotional health with academic success create connections for students and their families to resources that can help to mitigate the negative impacts of poor health.
Cipriano, C. & Brackett, M. (2020, March 18). Teacher, Interrupted: Leaning into Social-Emtoional Learning Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
There was life before COVID-19, and there will be life after. We didn’t choose to have our schools and colleges closed; our carefully constructed routines halted in their tracks; our
Bailey, B. (2020, March 18). COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
Whew! Let’s step back, take a few deep breaths and learn a little about your child’s brain: Safety is the brain’s most basic need, followed closely by connection. When we
Sparks, S. D. (2020, March 23). New Warnings on Screen Time, as Students Nationwide Move to E-Learning. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
As millions of students nationwide start to settle into virtual learning programs to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a massive new research analysis sounds another note of caution about
Garin, S. (2020, March 19). Social Distancing as a Family: Screen Time Strategies and Resources. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
In this time of great uncertainty and upheaval, parenting can be even more challenging than usual. This special two-part Action Network Live! Q&A series brings developmental experts directly to you
Brown, G. S. (2020, March 24). American Academy of Pediatrics ‘recognizes’ kids will use more screens. Retreived March 27, 2020.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced relaxed guidelines on screen time for youths in the wake of school closures because of the coronavirus pandemic. AAP cautions that even though
Easley, K. (2020, March 17). I’ve Been Teaching Online for Years. Here’s How to Prevent Burnout During a School Closure. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
Yes, it is possible to experience burnout while teaching online. With the current surge in schools turning to the web to keep instruction going while physical buildings are closed, many
” Samuels, C. (2020, March 3). Sleep Helps Teens Cope With Stress; Instances of Discrimination, Study Finds. Retrieved March 11, 2020.”
Getting enough sleep helps teenagers better cope with stress, according to a study of 250 high-school freshmen in New York City. While sleep was tied to students’ overall well-being, researchers
” Bose, D. (2020, March 3). Newark students learn how to teach meditation to their peers. Retrieved March 11, 2020.”
High-school students in New Jersey are training to be “meditation mentors” for other students. The students, who participate in an eight-week training program, learn to facilitate meditation groups for fellow
Klein, A. (2020, February 25). Doubling Recess Time to Put Play Back in the School Day. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
Is it a good idea to trade literacy and math time to give elementary students more time to play? Virginia Beach City schools–urged on by parents–decided to go for it,