This resource from Kappa Delta Pi describes the types of questions that teachers use in the classroom and their relative frequency, then focuses on several strategies to improve your questioning practices.
Quakerism values living simply; Mandy Neal's blog values teaching simply. The blog's tips and numerous resources for keeping teaching simple can provide relief within the often overwhelming pace of teaching and learning.
What better way to teach health and wellness to our students than using the one thing our students love...Technology! This article provides several interactive games, apps, and activities to engage your classroom in their own health. Be sure to check out BAM which is a website run by the CDC that goes over everything from physical to mental well-being.
This 2000 joint study published in the Journal of Research and Development in Education and presented on The Calm Classroom website is for those who want a deeper dive into the mechanisms by which a relaxation response curriculum can affect academic performance measures like grade point average, work habits scores and cooperation scores in middle schoolers.
Michael Herman's website "How Inviting is Your Organization" provides excerpts of the questions from Fran Peavey's influention 2003 book. The book has been used in education, business, law, governance and certainly by Quaker leaders. The excerpts in this resource provide examples of queries that could fit varied curriculum topics and guide a year-long practice of using queries with students to bring reflection into many curricula.
This list of practice tips from meditationinschools.org is one of the many resources on the site that give simple first steps for any teacher wanting to explore bringing bite-size meditation into the cadence of a school day or lesson.
Meditation to improve listening and behavior. This Atlantic Monthly article from August 2015 highlights recent studies and makes the case for how mindfulness can help students AND teachers have more balanced days at school.
Questioning can engage students and improve learning, and many educators focus on the quality and quantity of their questions; but in Quaker education, one type of question -- the query -- holds a special place in school and classroom culture. Queries do not have a yes or no answer, or even a correct answer. They are designed to stimulate thought and are a vehicle for self-examination. This page of the San Francisco Friends School website provides sample queries below each value.