Morning Movement Challenge

November 13th, 2019

Movement is essential to learning.  Take the movement challenge and move with your students each day, first thing in the morning.  Try it for two weeks. Notice if you are seeing a difference in focus, concentration, or self-regulation.

Student Benefits

  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Improved memory, attention, and learning (better grades)
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • A better sense of well-being
  • Heightened concentration
  • Better impulse control
  • Emotional regulation
  • Improved behavior
  • Improved balance, coordination, and posture
  • Developed fine motor skills
  • Improved visual-motor and visual perception
  • Supports students experiencing trauma

Teacher Benefits

  • A greater sense of efficacy
  • Less Stress
  • More self-composure
  • Fewer behavior challenges
  • Increased job satisfaction

Morning Mindful Movement Series

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10 Steps for Setting Up a Mindful Classroom

August 30th, 2019

Write a personal vision for your classroom. 

What do you want it to look like, feel like, and how do you want all of your students to feel?

Have each student write a vision for the year. 

Create a classroom Vision Board. Remember, “Where Intention Goes, Energy Flows.”  (Learn more about the power of intention here https://discoverlivingalive.com/intention-purpose-trust/#more-905)

Start the year with blank walls.

Have the students create the look and feel of the room as time progresses.  How cool to honor your students work all around the room!

Consider using floor lamps.

Turn off those glaring florescent lights.

Plants, plants, and more plants.

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Interpersonal Relationships, Social Health, and our Physical Health

July 28th, 2019

“Social relationships—both quantity and quality—affect mental health, health behavior, physical health, and mortality risk. Studies show that social relationships have short- and long-term effects on health, for better and for worse, and that these effects emerge in childhood and cascade throughout life to foster cumulative advantage or disadvantage in health.”

Debra Umberson and Jennifer Karas Montez, The Journal of Health and Social Behavior

This is a powerful statement. We cannot look at health and mental health and ignore the important role inter-personal relationships play in our lives.  And I believe we would all agree that relationship skills are learned behaviors and that relationship patterns start very early on in our lives and exert an enormous influence into our adult lives.

Healthy Interpersonal Skills

Some examples of healthy interpersonal skills include:

  • Feeling good about yourself/positive self-talk
  • Accepting feedback
  • Able to cultivate lasting and satisfying personal relationships
  • Using communication and listening skills to move through conflicts and challenges
  • Practicing forgiveness, non-judgment, and acceptance
  • Using honest and open communication, even in conflict
  • Taking responsibility for your word
  • Practicing empathy
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