Educational Trends Forecast 2024 

Two educators engage in discussion about the Educational Trends Forecast 2024 while standing at a workstation.

In the tumultuous wake of the global pandemic’s disruptive aftermath, our educational landscape is experiencing seismic shifts that promise to redefine the essence of learning. These educational trends, wrought from the aftershocks of a worldwide crisis, reveal deep fault lines that have evolved into profound divides within the education realm. The year 2024 unfolds as […]

Why Teachers Determine the Success of the SEL Program

Teacher stands with students demonstrating mindful practices

After decades of research, the evidence is clear: social emotional learning programs work. Students who learn social emotional skills perform better in school, sports, and in life. Social emotional learning is now a significant part of educating the whole child. Many school districts around the country are adopting curriculums to teach social emotional learning during […]

5 Things Mindful Teachers Do Differently

5 Things Mindful Teachers Do Differently   Mindful teachers can be found in many classrooms and in many schools around the world. And even though mindfulness has become a very popular and trendy practice from superstars to professional athletes, some of these teachers don’t even know that they are being mindful.    That’s the magic […]

6 Tips for Breathing Calm Into Your Classroom

No child is born with the ability to self-soothe, calm down when upset, or regulate emotions. As they grow, children learn to calm down by the way they are soothed by parents and caregivers, by watching others, and by experimenting with what works for them. Teaching your students a few simple SEL-based breathing strategies can […]

What Is SEL and Why It Matters

Social emotional learning (SEL) is a system of methods and practices that help students better understand their emotions, to feel those emotions fully, and to demonstrate empathy for others. It is organized into five key skills. Those skills are self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. These skills play an important role in […]

Fun Ways to Start Your Class Mindfully

How do you get your students to practice mindfulness when just getting them to sit still feels like a herculean task? Tap into their inner playfulness and imagination! Make it feel like students are playing when they are practicing mindfulness. Simply by tapping into the power of imagination, by making it something of a game, […]

Why it’s a Critical Time to Invest in Social Emotional Learning

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]At this time last year, my discussion with area principals and school districts about social-emotional learning in schools was not so urgent. It was important, maybe even trendy, or the newest education buzzword thanks to Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education. In Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for […]

How to Energize Your Afternoon

Teachers! Re-energize your afternoon!

  Do you wish you had more energy? You are not alone!  It’s 2 pm, you still have a few hours of work, and the draw of caffeine feels overwhelming. It’s so tempting to get another coffee or soda. I totally understand. The world spends billions of dollars every year on Starbucks, and Redbull,  for […]

Mindful Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays bring joy and (if we are being honest) chaos. Is your to-do list as long as mine? Our teaching schedules leave little time for holiday prep. My daughter told me I need a holiday survival guide, which got me thinking about how I could do the holidays better.  I sat down with my […]