There’s more to student success than standards and test scores… The modern view of student achievement focuses on high test scores, higher standards, and racing to the top. Thrive skills fit with new ESSA requirements to go beyond basic academic measurements in order to equip students for lifelong success. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford present a practical handbook that guides teachers and parents in fostering learners who are socially and emotionally healthy and prepared to undertake future challenges. Through practical examples, precise strategies, and specific tools this book demonstrates how to empower learners in areas that include: • Using mindfulness strategies to help students tap their inner strengths • Learning to self-regulate and control other executive brain functions • Developing growth mindsets along with perseverance and resilience • Cultivating a sense of responsibility, honesty, and integrity • Encouraging a capacity for empathy and gratitude Grounded in decades of psychological research, Teaching Kids to Thrive merges academic, social, and self-skills to stimulate personal and school achievement.
Chapter 1: Mindfulness in the Classroom: Slowing Down to Speed Up Success
Mindfulness in the Classroom: Slowing Down to Speed Up Success
For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
We begin our study of Thriving in the classroom with an examination of mindfulness, a concept that can be used to support all the social and emotional skills we address in later chapters. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom has positive benefits, not the least of which is providing a realistic approach to reducing stress and focusing attention.