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via GIPHY Our kids are coming to school this school year from a world driven by polarization, aggression, lack of civility, and bullying, among other ills.  All the more reason to inject more kindness into the classroom day.  Kindness is an instinct that is found in babies, but it needs stimulation from the environment to...
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With the growth of mindfulness in classrooms around the country and the world, a number of misconceptions have arisen about mindful practices which deserve to be clarified. The Myth:  “Mindfulness is just another form of mind control over our children.” The Reality:  Mindfulness actually helps children gain control of their own minds so that they’re...
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Millions of children are practicing mindfulness all over the world, and while it’s a very simple process of training the mind to be always in the present moment, without judgement, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.  It can be useful if a parent or teacher has some creative ways to explain...
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Today is the official publication date for my new book Mindfulness in the Classroom:  Strategies for Promoting Concentration, Compassion, and Calm.  I have been practicing mindfulness for almost thirty years, and with the rise in the need for social and emotional learning in the schools, I thought that a book for educators on this topic...
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Educator and media critic Neil Postman once remarked that:  ”children enter school as question marks and leave school as periods.”  In other words, kindergarteners and first graders are full of enthusiasm, raise their hands high when asked a question, and respond favorably to new learning activities, but by high school, the zip is gone and...
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