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When we feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed, we may say that our life is “out of balance.” And considering the drastic changes we’ve all faced due to the coronavirus – with shelter-in-place for most of us, schools shutting down and going online, working from home or our jobs being affected – we likely feel out… Read More

In the iconic 1980’s film Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi took young Daniel under his wing to train him in karate. Daniel eventually learned that karate lessons were life lessons. As Mr. Miyagi told Daniel: “Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better.” – Mr. Miyagi We… Read More

Stress can do a number to our bodies and can decrease our body’s ability to fight off becoming sick by weakening our immune systems. Stress can creep up on us little by little or can hit us like a wall of bricks. It is important not only to recognize when we are feeling stressed but… Read More

If there has ever been a time to evaluate your health, now would be it! Staying healthy and building a strong immune system is the first line of defense that we have against the COVID-19 virus and other health-related issues. Basic hygiene – washing our hands for 20 seconds, not touching our face, and keeping… Read More

Routines provide predictability, a sense of boundaries, and reassurance. And whether it is work or for school, we all know that a sense of routine can help productivity; doesn’t matter one’s age! Why should we embrace routines? Structure shouldn’t be synonymous with the idea of restriction or loss of free will. Rather, structure and routine… Read More

Much of our anxiety these days comes from the unknown. A recent Harvard Business Review article, “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief,” highlights the work of grief expert, David Kressler. Kressler speaks “anticipatory grief,” where we get caught in a whirlpool of future’s what if’s. He recommends acknowledging the grief in order to then manage… Read More

Editor’s note: Learning in the Time of Coronavirus is a multi-part video interview series where, in each episode, we interview folks with a unique perspective on how Covid-19 is affecting education across the world – and how we can keep learning in spite of it. Tabitha, our first return guest, walks us through the learning packet she… Read More

In today’s online educational environment, it is more important than ever to create genuinely interactive online educational experiences, above and beyond the out-of-the-box, cookie-cutter interactivity provided by most educational content development tools and learning management systems such as simple quizzing functionality and flashcards, which I often refer to as “baby interactivity.” So if most out-of-the-box… Read More

Editor’s note: Learning in the Time of Coronavirus is a multi-part video interview series where, in each episode, we interview folks with a unique perspective on how Covid-19 is affecting education across the world – and how we can keep learning in spite of it. Like many educators across the world, Zach Fruhling, Instructional Designer, has been… Read More

Editor’s note: Learning in the Time of Coronavirus is a multi-part video interview series where, in each episode, we interview folks with a unique perspective on how Covid-19 is affecting education across the world – and how we can keep learning in spite of it. In this episode, we talk to Tabitha Wiedower, At-Home Teacher / Instructional… Read More

Sometimes in life, when you are stressed or frustrated, you might need a little reminder about how to calm yourself.. in your back pocket! Find the strategies that work best for you by asking a trusted adult or by looking online to search for “calming techniques for kids” (hint: look at the images to find… Read More

DIRECTIONS In each section, draw or write a way in which you take care of your mind, body, and heart. Use a brad to fasten a paper arrow or a paperclip to use as a spinner. When you are done, take a turn and spin, and then spend a few minutes following the tip you… Read More

In a time where there are a lot of unknowns, and when feelings of stress and uncertainty can interfere with our daily routines, there is no better time than now to practice self-care. Why is self-care so important? As a parent, one of the biggest lessons of parenthood is understanding that in order to be… Read More

DIRECTIONS – Part 1 – Observe & Interview You are going to be a journalist and write a news story about a day in the life of your family during the coronavirus. As a journalist, you are going to be objective and record your observations of what’s actually happening. As an objective journalist, you should… Read More

Right now, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, you may have orders to shelter in place, and your children’s school was likely closed. You’re wondering, what’s going on? What should we be doing? What’s the impact going to be? Like many others, you turn to the news for answers. And you may be consuming… Read More