4 Starter Ideas to Kick Off a New Semester

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Unlike many other subjects, health is rarely a yearlong course. Most students are required to take health for either a semester or a quarter, which means that this time of year can require a quick “getting to know you” process, or a conscious shift in class dynamics as the students move from the field into

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Talking to Kids About Emotions Using Pixar’s Inside Out

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Summer Institute for Educators at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where we attended presentations from a variety of experts in the field of mindfulness and Social/Emotional Learning—often referred to as SEL. On the last night, we had the privilege of going to the Pixar campus for a

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The Blue Zones Project: Teaching Kids About Wellness Goals

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Blue Zones, made popular by the book series from author and National Geographic journalist Dan Buettner, are five areas around the world in which people are reported to live happier, longer lives. In honor of summer vacation, I decided to check out one of the healthy hot-spots — The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. The country’s slogan is “Pura Vida,”

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Teaching Meditation in Schools

Benfits of Meditation

There’s a growing body of research that shows meditation working for students. This article from Edutopia talks about the specific ways in which a meditation practice can help students manage stress. We’ve recently started doing it in our Health classes, and I’m excited to see how it goes. Middle School is a stressful time, and

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