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With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm In North Carolina, a program offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning.     The 6-year-old boy’s eyes welled up with tears. His teacher, 30-year veteran Leigh Yelton, could see the explosive anger building in the first grader. After…

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Brain Training vs. Tutoring

Brain Training vs. Tutoring How Our Cognitive Skills Training Program is Different     One of the first things people ask us at LearningRx is how we differ from tutoring. Though brain training and tutoring are both great solutions, they are very different and not interchangeable. Learning can be broken down into two components: strong educational content, and the cognitive…

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As a Mom and a School Counselor, I Know What Kids Need Most

As a Mom and a School Counselor, I Know What Kids Need Most “Hope hasn’t always been one of the things on my radar, but our children need it now more than ever.” – Julia Cook     As a mom, I often think about the many things I need to be teaching my children. Manners, kindness, empathy. Phonics, algebra,…

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Managing Anxiety in Uncertainty

Managing Anxiety in Uncertainty Anxiety is the excessive concern about a potential triggering event or perceived threat to one’s safety.     2020 has certainly brought more than its share of challenges and we still have several months to go. We have seen a global pandemic, quarantines, economic hardships, societal unrest for issues related to racism and inequality, a political…

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Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

Address Adverse Childhood Experiences Schools and school counselors have a critical role in helping students who’ve suffered adverse childhood experiences.     If ever there were a time to talk about adverse childhood experiences, that time is now. The spring 2020 pandemic has brought on changes that will have a lasting impact, even once students are all back in school….

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5 Ways To Celebrate World Gratitude Day

5 Ways To Celebrate World Gratitude Day “Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.” — Shakti Gawain     Today is World Gratitude Day. First celebrated in 1965, it was later officially adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group and is recognized…

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Helping Children Cope with Disaster How parents and caregivers react to and cope with a disaster or emergency situation can affect the way their children react.     Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior. For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with…

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8 Keys to Inspiring Joy in the Classroom

8 Keys to Inspiring Joy in the Classroom Each student is worthy of love and respect, and nothing matters more than inspiring a joy of learning.     Kim Thomas has taught math for more than two decades. Most recently, she joined the staff at Woodruff Alternative School in Peoria, Illinois, where she’s been for the last four years. Woodruff…

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Settling the Dust

Settling the Dust It will be adult behaviors that determine whether or not the Covid-crazy dust gets stirred up even further or whether it settles. I am hopeful that if enough of us remember this, the latter will be the case.     “Kid behaviors are going to be crazy when school starts,” a teacher told me earlier this week….

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3 Ways to Build Relationships

3 Ways to Build Relationships—in Person or Virtually ​These approaches help build trust and a sense of community in middle and high school, no matter where or how classes are held.     Establishing strong teacher-student relationships is key to educational success—whether we instruct our students in real time or remotely. Strong relationships provide students with a sense of support…

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10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide

10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide ​As children grow into teenagers, it becomes more challenging for parents to know what they are thinking and feeling. When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about?     1. Don’t let your teen’s depression or anxiety snowball. Maybe your child is merely having a bad…

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Control Your Wiggles

Control Your Wiggles And be the BOSS of your ants. In I Have Ants in My Pants, Julia Cook helps normalize the feeling many kids have when they struggle to control their wiggles and provides strategies for improving impulse control.     Julia Cook knows it can be tough for kids to sit still. So she’s written a new book, which…

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