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How to Create Calm in Your Classroom with Meredith McNerney – Easy EdTech Podcast 262

In this episode, I chat with speaker, educator, and author Meredith McNerney about ways to create a peaceful classroom environment for teachers and students. You’ll also hear practical strategies from her new book Cultivating a Classroom of Calm for identifying tech-based self-soothing behaviors, fostering a culture of calm, and integrating micro self-care practices into daily routines. 

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Tips on How to Create Calm in Your Classroom

  • Identify when you are self-soothing or finding moments of awe.
  • Model for students and share strategies with families.
  • Embrace apps and music that promote calm or help with micro-self care.


This episode is brought to you by Activ8, which is on a mission to reintroduce play in education at every level. Activ8 starts with a kit – literally a box – that has games, activities, brain teasers, and more, that help kids engage with each other without being tied to the screen. And there’s great news for teachers – Activ8 also comes with Plai (pronounced play), an AI-powered app just for them that instantly curates activities in context. Have thirteen kids, ten minutes, two cans and a piece of paper (oh, and one student is in a wheelchair?) Plai will instantly give you an activity for exactly that scenario. For any and every scenario. Check it out at >>


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Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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