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Susan Kaiser Greenland

5 Easy And Effective Ways To Ease Kids' Stress

Posted 05.29.2013 | Parents

Stress can be dangerous -- and adults aren't the only ones who feel its harmful effects. As early as first grade, kids are able to identify what st...

More Science to Support What Parents Already Know: Spanking Children Can Have Long Term Negative Effects on Health and Well-Being

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 09.03.2012 | Parents
Susan Kaiser Greenland

This week a new study finds that children who are pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped or hit by a parent, or other adult in their household, are more likely to suffer from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, and several personality disorders as adults.

Thoughts on Mindful Awareness Practices in Education

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

While popular with adults, the practice of applying mindfulness to education is not a recent phenomenon.

Why the Controversy Over High-Stakes Testing and Teacher Evals Matters

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Arne Duncan tied California's failure to secure $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding in part to the fact that LAUSD does not use standardized test scores as a factor in teacher review and evaluation.

The Real-Life Values Behind the LA Times Value-Added Teacher Controversy

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Unfortunately, the data available to the LA Times reflects only teacher performance as it relates to standardized test scores and not to the development of social and emotional competencies.

A Mindful Revolution in Education

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

I just returned from an inspiring weekend with 300 educators interested in bringing mindfulness into our schools. Home from the conference, here are a few things that feel important to share.

Mindfulness Isn't a Crystal Ball, But Clarity Can Be Magical (VIDEO)

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Snow globes are not only some of my favorite knick-knacks, but they're also a perfect tool to illustrate the clear perspective that we can developed with mindfulness meditation.

The Importance of Saying 'And . . . My Life Is Blessed'

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

A meditation teacher, suggested that the key to happiness lies in how we frame our experience. His mom agreed that every time she complained about something, she'd add the following words to the end of the sentence: "and my life is blessed".

Obama Plays the Mindful Long Game

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

The President's speech on Sunday night was nothing short of a victory lap, and not just a victory lap to celebrate the passing of an historic health insurance reform bill. He took a victory lap for the return of the long-view.

Mindfulness Meditation: Helping Kids Understand What's Happening Now (VIDEO)

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

For years I couldn't find a visual way to show my mindfulness students how past, present and future are all part of the present moment -- until I taught a clinic for teachers in Singapore.

The Santa Monica Ferris Wheel: A Visual Metaphor for Both Sides of Our Minds (VIDEO)

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

My favorite local sight is the image of the solar powered Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier. It's not only beautiful, but a metaphor for the creative and the analytical way our minds work.

A Mindless Race to the Middle?

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Is it possible to translate mindfulness into something that can benefit everybody regardless of religion, ethnicity, education, or age without dumbing it down and forfeiting authenticity?

Breaking News: Spanking Can Be Bad for 3-Year-Old Children

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

I doubt that any parent, upon reflection, hopes that his or her actions will make it more difficult for kids to learn and get along with others at school or home.

The ABCs of Mindful Learning: Attention, Balance and Compassion (VIDEO)

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

It's important our kids learn a new set of ABCs too -- one that draws upon the very old values of Attention, Balance and Compassion.