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Take Care of You: Apps and Tools to Support Self-Care

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Thursday, December 3, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Just Breathe: Why Mindfulness Matters

Dr. Lynne Herr  
You know you need to take better care of yourself, but how? Explore a great collection of tools, apps and tips to support self-care for busy, active educators. From mindfulness apps to sleep improving tools, this session will help you become a more effective educator and happy human.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Stop, Breathe Think
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education, Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn about apps, tips and tools to support all areas of personal well-being through exercise, healthy eating, stress management, time management, identifying and reducing anxiety, improving mindfulness and promoting sleep. Focus will be on tools that are free to educators. A Google form will empower participants to share their favorite personal self-care tools and all participants will have access to the shared spreadsheet of resources that sort by category.


The session will highlight these apps, tips and tools:

Mindfulness apps - Stop, Breathe, Think and Calm for classrooms
Experience a 90 second "Calming Anger" meditation together
Listen to a Sleep Story snippet from Calm
Do a 3-minute energizer from Calm Body
Experience 3 grounding routines for educators and students
Explore meal planning apps

Supporting research

According to the book Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators by Tina Boogeran, The key to thriving, as both a human and an educator, rests in mindfulness, reflection, and daily self-care activities.

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