No, Not Even Water: Why Non-Muslims Should Learn About Ramadan

“What do you mean you’re fasting? You’re going to run the mile!” bellowed my seventh grade physical education teacher.  I tried to formulate a response, attempting to squeeze an explanation out of me. My throat felt empty; I couldn’t find my voice. It was like a blow to my chest: I felt betrayed and speechless …

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Free, Contactless, Maskless, Personalized Professional Development

With in-person conferences canceled, travel restricted, and gathering in large crowds still uncomfortable, our options for professional development have dwindled. Despite organizations trying their best to provide online conferences (shout out to my favorite people @SHAPE_America and their #SHAPEVirtual conference), and with one eye on planning for next school year already, you might be finding …

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Micro Blog Month

Last year 50 educators and authors joined in with the inaugural #microblog event here on slowchathealth.com and it was a huge success, lasting just over a week and featuring voices from across the globe. Sharing bite-sized blog posts of up to 500 words, there were experienced bloggers, first-time writers, authors, teachers, and some students eager …

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How to Empower Students with Mindful Nutrition at Home

Good habits start early, and there's perhaps no better habit to cultivate than by incorporating proper nutrition and healthy eating into your diet. It's well proven that poor or insufficient nutrition as a child can lead to serious diseases later on in life. The University of Michigan lists out a few of these illnesses, including …

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How can we #stopSTIgma? Changing the conversation around sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

To those who work hard to de-stigmatize sex education, to normalize sexual behavior, to promote pleasure, make lessons inclusive, and have the confidence to do all of that while injecting in some humor - you are my heroes. If you are one of those educators, or striving to become one, I present to you, Ina …

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Starting a Purposeful Practice of EDI

ALL teachers must strive to best serve their students. ALL students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political views, immigration status, ability, socioeconomic status, and other identities or characteristics. Every individual in our teaching space brings with them a unique set of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds that should be acknowledged and harnessed …

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Easy Tips for Teachers & Students to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

The recent C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health 2020 survey of child health concerns asked a national sample of parents to rate the top health concerns for US children and teens aged 0-18 years. While the survey revealed much about the differences in concerns across racial and ethnic groups, the most significant …

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