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10 Tips For Getting Started With Mindfulness In The Classroom

10 Tips For Getting Started With Mindfulness In The Classroom by Kelly April Tyrrell and TeachThought Staff ed note: this post has been updated from previous publishing While the scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center aren’t yet ready to issue evidence-based mindfulness curriculum practices, Flook and CIHM …

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When We Ask African American Teachers To Discipline African American Students Because They’re African American

When We Ask African American Teachers To Discipline African American Students Students Because They’re African American by Anthony Conwright, TeachThought “Anthony, we don’t do anything.” I was the dean of students; I was in charge of safety and discipline at a progressive charter school in San Diego. A female student of color, Janet, is in …

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Teaching Introverts Is Different

Teaching Introverts Is Different by Terry Heick As education seeks to improve itself, the focus has been on data, research, and curriculum. The stuff teachers use. There is precious little discussion on the human elements of learning unless you’re discussing isolated movements such as social-emotional learning or whole-child trends. While admirable, these “movements” are unfortunate …

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Making Friends: 10 Team-Building Games For Students 

10 Team-Building Games For A Friendlier Classroom by TeachThought Staff 10 Team-Building Games for a Friendlier Classroom is a fantastic resource for developing relationships and a positive tone in the classroom. Included are 10 team-building games to get you started towards a friendlier, more positive classroom. This resource was developed by our own TeachThought Professional Development …

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8 Things Every Student Needs On The First Day Of School

8 Things Every Student Needs On The First Day Of School by TeachThought Staff Mindset The beliefs and ideas that students have about themselves lead to a mindset that can spur them to success or lead to self-fulfilling prophecies of struggles and failure. Take challenges–difficult exams or projects or even content areas. Here are three …

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6 Ways To Motivate Students Cognitively During Summer Break

6 Ways To Motivate Students Cognitively During Summer Break by Dr. Pamela Roggeman, academic dean at the University of Phoenix College of Education For decades, we have romanticized the idea of children taking the summer off to enjoy warm weather, summer camps and family vacations. Many of us have our own memories of waiting eagerly …

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Psychologist: Children Need Structure More Than Warmth

Psychologist: Children Need Structure More Than Warmth by TeachThought Staff A relationship without rules leads to chaos. Rules without a relationship leads to rebellion. This often-quoted from author Andy Stanley does well to capture the need to support the growth of children by balancing affection and structure. Child psychologist Lisa Damour recently spoke with about …

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CDC: Suicide Rate For White Females Ages 10-14 Has Tripled Since 1999

CDC: Suicide Rate For White Females Ages 10-14 Has Tripled Since 1999 by TeachThought Staff Though it doesn’t get much attention and can be difficult to talk about, suicide is a significant part of any middle or high school teacher’s work. The Center for Disease Control has a litany of statistics on suicide, and they …

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