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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

In honor of Calm Classroom's 10 Year Anniversary, we are excited to share our new website and updated logo! 

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us on our mission to create more peaceful school communities across thousands of schools and classrooms worldwide. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts featuring our latest news, mindful classroom tips, teacher self-care, and much more! 



States Collaborate to Create Social-Emotional Learning Standards for Schools

The Mindfulness Test

Thinking about starting a personal mindfulness practice or integrating mindfulness into your classroom?

Take this mindfulness test to gauge your moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and environment, as well as your ability to accept of these aspects of your life.



The New York Times Op-Ed: The Building Blocks of Learning

The New York Times Op-Ed: The Building Blocks of Learning

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, contributor David Brooks discusses the importance of developing students’ emotional engagement in school. He writes, “Teachers are now called upon not only to teach biology but to create a culture: a culture of caring criticism, so students feel loved while they improve; a culture of belonging, so fragile students feel their work has value. Suddenly, teachers must teach students how to feel about their own feelings; how not to be swallowed up by moments of failure, anger and sadness, but to slow the moment and step outside the emotional spiral.” Brooks argues that...



3 Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

3 Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

With growing classroom stressors like budget cuts, standardized testing, and students with emotional challenges, teachers may be thinking about how to prepare for the demands of the coming school year. One way to effectively manage the effects of these stressors is by practicing mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness simply means being aware of what is going on in the present moment without judging the experience. Mindfulness can help us find peace in chaotic moments; as well as create the headspace needed to stop and think before we react. We can practice mindfulness by taking time to purposely focus on our breathing, the...



Study Shows Mindfulness Reduces Teacher Stress

Study Shows Mindfulness Reduces Teacher Stress

Summer break is a great time for teachers to create a new self-care routine that will prepare them for the stressors of the coming school year. Over time, stress can lead to burnout. Without coping strategies for dealing with classroom challenges, teachers are less likely to be able to handle stressful events and manage their classrooms effectively. One way of developing emotional resiliency and social-emotional skills is through mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is a technique that involves purposely bringing your attention to thoughts, physical sensations and external stimuli as a way of cultivating self-awareness. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to meditate...



The Baltimore Sun: Public Education is a Matter of Public Health

The Baltimore Sun: Public Education is a Matter of Public Health

As growing numbers of children are exposed to toxic stress and its impact on their ability to learn, academic leaders around the country are calling for a more holistic approach to education. An op-ed published in last week’s Baltimore Sun discusses how mindfulness-based interventions can address this need by improving students’ ability to focus, manage their thoughts and emotions, and cope with stress. Click here to read the full article. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-breathing-showalter-20160609-story.html Calm Classroom is proud to empower educators with tools to help counteract the effects of chronic stress throughout the school day. Our simple, scripted mindfulness techniques increase students’ self-awareness, overall well-being and ability to thrive...



Top 5 Ways Teachers Can Reduce Stress

Top 5 Ways Teachers Can Reduce Stress

We’ve created a list of the top 5 ways teachers can reduce stress and better manage their end-of-the-year workload: 1.    Adopt a positive outlook. This can be as simple as re-framing your challenges. Next time you find yourself thinking, “I have so much work to do, I’ll never get it all done!”, stop, take a deep breath, and re-frame the situation. Create a plan of action, and then generate a new statement to say out loud or write in a journal. For example, “I will do my best to finish my work tonight, and then I will make time to relax.”  2.    Live in...



Friday Gratitude Challenge

Friday Gratitude Challenge

Research shows that expressing gratitude regularly can improve your physical health, social relationships, and sense of self-worth. This practice can also help you to become more resilient in the face of challenges, and lead to higher levels of positive emotions, like joy, pleasure, happiness, and optimism. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to get caught up in negative thinking. Stopping to count the things you’re grateful for can bring you back into the present moment and put life into perspective. This weekend, we challenge you to create your own gratitude list. Try focusing on positive aspects of your classroom, things you like...



This Short Practice Will Help You S.T.O.P. When You’re Stressed
The Atlantic Features Our i3 Study
Calm Classroom in Istanbul!

Calm Classroom in Istanbul!

This post was written by guest blogger, Gozde Nur Sahin, a school counselor from Istanbul International School in Istanbul, Turkey.

Calm Classroom is gaining popularity around the world. Last semester, Spring 2015, Calm Classroom program was implemented as a pilot project in Istanbul International School, Turkey.



Teacher Testimonials
Create Your Own Calm Classroom Technique

Create Your Own Calm Classroom Technique

The Calm Classroom team recently had the wonderful opportunity to support a “Create Your Own Calm Classroom” contest at Shields Middle School.  With their incredible leadership team, this school really rallied behind the effort and created their own superhero to encourage the students to participate in the project: The Calm Classroom Crusader. After about a month of hard work and creative brainstorming, two winners from each grade level were selected. These students were awarded certificates and prizes from the Calm Classroom Crusader and the Calm Classroom representatives at the January 29th Celebrations Assembly.  These students, along with many other inspired students, created...



Calm Classroom in Nashville!

Calm Classroom in Nashville!

This week, Calm Classroom co-founders, Jai & Joy Luster, had the pleasure of presenting and exhibiting at the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee!  The 18th annual conference was held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.  A bit more about SSWAA: The Association was organized in 1994 and is dedicated to promoting the profession of School Social Work and providing training opportunities to practitioners in the use of evidence-based practices to meet the needs of students, families and schools. For more information, visit their website here.  We are so happy to be a part of this great...



Calm Classroom in the U.S.A and Beyond!

Calm Classroom in the U.S.A and Beyond!

Calm Classroom books are making their way all over the United States! From January 2014-September 2014, books have been sold to lovely Calm Classroom customers from 27 states, in Canada, and in Australia! Keep spreading the calmness, Calm Classroom supporters! We are grateful for all of our supporters and enthusiasts in AK, CA, WA, ID, UT, WY, CO, AZ, NM, OK, TX, KS, MN, IA, WI, IL, MI, IN, TN, FL, NC, VA, MD, PA, MA, NY, ME.