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Top Tips for Getting Students to Love Learning

There’s probably nothing more gratifying, as a teacher, than seeing students develop a love of learning. When young students display an eagerness to understand, and desire to know more, we know that we’ve done our jobs. Some kids have a natural inclination to learn, and others may have a more lackadaisical approach to school. So, what can you do to get your students engaged, motivated, …

Five Fun Earth Day Activities for Students

Earth Day is one of the most exciting holidays to celebrate in the classroom.  Not only is it an excellent opportunity to educate your students on environmental stewardship, but it also allows for some of the most creative classroom activities.  Here are a few fun and easy ways to really make Earth Day a memorable occasion in your classroom: Scavenger Hunt Hold a nature scavenger …

Quick Team Building Tips

Back in the classroom after a break or a long weekend, you may feel somewhat reminiscent of the first day of school. Although you know those bright, shiny faces pretty well now, you may notice there’s a sense of disconnection from one another. Reinforcing Harmony practices will serve to remind students of the welcoming and inclusive classroom that you’ve all been working so hard to …

Teach Compassion and Collaboration: Start a Classroom Charity

Take the Harmony teachings of empathy and collaboration beyond the classroom, and out into the community. Teach your students the importance of coming together to help others in need. Here are some ideas for getting your students involved in a charity to teach lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime. Start with a Discussion Inform your students and their families of your intention to …

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion – Sharing Cultural Celebrations and Traditions

Helping students celebrate this time of year is a wonderful way to bring everyone together to share cultural celebrations and traditions.  Consider using this time as an opportunity to teach diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, and to give your students the opportunity to discover the world beyond themselves.  Here are a few tips for being inclusive of all students during the holidays: Get to Know Your …

Harmony Spotlight: LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program

Just as classrooms all over the nation are adopting Harmony as their social-emotional learning (SEL) program, after school programs are joining the Harmony movement! After school programs function differently than the traditional classroom, but are equally important to SEL development. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program offered at most schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). …

30 Days of Gratitude: Harmony Activities for November

November is a special time to express gratitude for our families and classmates. Here are 30 questions to spark discussions of gratitude and friendship for friends and families. The questions may be used for Meet Up and Buddy Up routines or as writing prompts for journals or a seasonal bulletin board. You may also wish to share these prompts for a family project. Day 1: What does it …

Reducing Bullying Through Relationship Building with Harmony

  October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month The statistics are alarming: one out of every three students is a victim of bullying. It’s an age-old problem that can impact children emotionally, physically, and academically. Anti-bullying legislation and campaigns can help, but educators must invest time to foster social-emotional competencies essential for a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect. Harmony strategies, lessons, and activities …