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The Science Behind Student Stress

Edutopia – Youki Terada

“A new study finds that when students experience an academic setback such as a bad grade, the amount of cortisol—the so-called stress hormone—in their bodies typically spikes. For most students it drops back down to normal levels a day later, but for some it stays high. These students remain fixated on the setback and have difficulty moving forward.” (more)

Pros and Cons of Mindfulness in SEL

Edutopia – Maurice J. Elias

“Perhaps the most popular current trend in social and emotional learning (SEL) practices is mindfulness. It’s not difficult to understand why. In 2017, mindfulness interventions were designated as deserving a full chapter in the Annual Review of Psychology. It’s a topic featured in many popular outlets and has come to be identified with the field of positive psychology.” (more)

School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school helps third-graders exhibiting anxiety improve their wellbeing and emotional health, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management.” (more)

What Is Mindfulness? Students Share What It Looks Like in Public Schools

Ed Surge – Jenny Abamu

“In 2016, the Austin Independent School District’s Office of Social and Emotional Learning launched a pilot to bring mindfulness practices to classrooms. Today, Butler, the new Mindfulness Specialist (yes, that’s his title) for the district, leads the practice in all 130 public schools. What is the goal of adding mindfulness in the district? Officials say they hope the practice can help students be “present,” reducing stress, anxiety and helping them cope with traumatic experiences by incorporating breathing exercises, stretching and yoga throughout the school day. Students in the district note that they have seen differences in their educational experience.” (more)

Exploring the Benefit Mindset

Edutopia – Robert Ward

“As communal creatures, we all crave belonging. Feeling understood and integral among a wide variety of people creates connections that make our lives complete. At our core, each of us is searching for those connections. Acceptance and affinity are especially important in the classroom, where each student’s social and emotional development directly impacts their academic achievement. Feelings of community and collaboration make learning meaningful for all, and this sense of shared significance is at the heart of a concept called benefit mindset.” (more)

The Global Search for Education: I Believe I Can Grow

Education World – Cathy Rubin

“Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research has found that children who believe their talents and abilities can be developed through hard work, perseverance and lots of good mentoring from others are willing to take on more learning challenges. When faced with these challenges, they are more resilient and more likely to succeed, particularly children from vulnerable populations.” (more)