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Topic: Stress

First Test Jitters: Beat Test Anxiety

September 19, 2017

This week your students are more than likely taking their first quizzes and tests of the new school year. Given the desire to make a good first impression, you’re probably noticing a bit more stress than usual. Here’s what you need to know about test anxiety to help students do their best. Optimal Stress A little stress is a good thing. It motivates kids to study. The nervous energy during the test helps your mind actively recall what you know and work at the pace you need to finish. So as the graph below shows, the goal isn’t no stress. The goal is optimal stress. Where’s the Stress Coming From? Students can experience too much stress for innumerable reasons. Among the most… Read More

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Take a Hot Chocolate Break

February 20, 2015

By Sarah Vander Schaaff It’s cold out. And all of us who are not posting photos of a late February escape to the some warm environs, and Mars is looking pretty good right now, will agree. That’s why today we’re going to talk about the benefits of a nice warm mug of hot chocolate. I’m not throwing in the towel on education and science. No, in fact, I’m embracing it and adding a dash of whipped cream on top. Chocolate, as a 2004 Finnish study suggested, has benefits that start even before your children are old enough to beg for a box of Swiss Miss Marshmallow Madness. It starts in the womb. Researchers at the University of Helsinki asked pregnant… Read More


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