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Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

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To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write — we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help struggling, sometimes disruptive students — things like stopping for brain breaks, singing songs and even doing yoga poses — all with her existing budget and resources. "Small changes make huge differences, and it's possible to start right now … You simply need smarter ways to think about using what you have, where you have it," she says.

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20 Comments on Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

  1. Abdullah Naseer // 15th April 2019 at 6:59 pm // Reply

    Saying I don’t know should be ok, admitting to not know is an essential part of life

  2. Chuck's Astrophotography // 15th April 2019 at 6:59 pm // Reply

    I could have used some creative ways to get MYSELF to thrive in school. Maybe I should have studied.

  3. Novabow John Mivule // 15th April 2019 at 6:59 pm // Reply


  4. Life Progress - Health, Wealth, & Happiness Channel // 15th April 2019 at 7:01 pm // Reply

    *The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go (Seuss)*

  5. Alex Morozov // 15th April 2019 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    School and university makes employees only one thing you need and this is a proper financial education

  6. Reed Holland // 15th April 2019 at 7:03 pm // Reply

    Put them in a special class and tell them you’ll take them to any restaurant in Baltimore that they want if they put together a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower the fastest.

  7. If we teach kids to read/write but not manage their emotions, what will our neighborhoods look like? Asking the problem kids to help other kids, can have great results. Give kids more freedom and control over their education, brain breaks, humor, song etc. Academic scores improved as emotional health was addressed. Adults need to change how education is performed more than kids need to change. #TedTalk

  8. Mindprovement // 15th April 2019 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    *Let them do their own thing, but mentor them to make them fully aware of their strengths*

  9. Love this. The difference between people that are illiterate and don’t read great books and those who can read and don’t read good books is that one of them is illiterate and the other is ignorant. I have 2000 videos on YouTube blessings

  10. Your Favorite Lifecoach // 15th April 2019 at 7:30 pm // Reply

    *If you teach a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree it will grow up believing it’s good for nothing…*

  11. Just make school fun. Fun –> You want to use your free time to learn.

  12. mason saunders // 15th April 2019 at 7:43 pm // Reply

    Very good I have a child that struggles with his emotions luckily we live in Washington state and our school is forward-thinking

  13. InterestingTopics - A Deeper Analysis // 15th April 2019 at 7:45 pm // Reply

    There’s value in just breaking up the repetiveness of school and spending more time developing social bonds amongst classmates. The most effective learning at university is in groups of friends and unless kids feel comfortable in these situations they will struggle

  14. As much as I would love for this to happen in all schools, I doubt people are going to get in that mindset. At least, not enough to matter

  15. Tiffany Marie // 15th April 2019 at 8:03 pm // Reply

    I wish my child had teachers like this at his school. He would be doing far better.

  16. Remember the good old days when teachers weren’t expected to be educators, test and course work riggers, social workers, admin assistants, PR, customer support, human punchbags, bouncer, etc etc.

    Yeah those were the good old days.

  17. BEWARE: Comments section below is filled with people whose education failed them.

  18. It’s sad how teachers today have to do all this extra work that should actually be the parents’, social workers’ and doctors’ responsibility. No wonder so many burn out when they’re doing the work of four people at once.

  19. Jacob Opstad // 15th April 2019 at 8:32 pm // Reply

    Excellent points! Emotional intelligence is a skill that kids need to learn just as much as other core skills. Great talk!

  20. Very Powerful and inspirational, thank you.

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