Teaching Strategies: Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness, the intentional, accepting, and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, can be part of effective teaching strategies to center kids, keep them calm, and even improve their academic prowess.

Today on TeachHUB.com, contributing writer Janelle Cox takes a look and mindfulness and meditation and outlines their benefits in classroom. Her findings include that mindfulness and meditation can:
  •  Teach children to control their negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Improve one’s mental health, physical health, and emotional and social health.
  • Improve brain quality of your thoughts and feelings.

Janelle explains the psychology of mindfulness today and also explains how to employ it successfully. She sums up her article today like this: “Mindfulness is a practice which varies from student to student. While you may find that one student is benefiting immediately, another may take some time. Just remember, you are giving them the tools that they can carry with them forever. Whether they use them is up to them.”

Do you practice mindfulness in your classroom or do you think it’s just a new age mumbo jumbo?

Websites, Classroom Games to Gamify Your Math Class

Also today on TeachHUB.com, we tackle two of our perennially popular topics: Technology in the classroom and classroom games.

Frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray, also a seasoned technology teacher based in Northern California, outlines three exciting websites that teachers can use to gamify their math classroom:
  • Dimension U
  • Land of Venn
  • Prodigygame.com

Jacqui notes that all three are fabulous classroom games to employ, and that all are excellent ways to inject some much-needed levity and fun to your exisiting and future math lessons.