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10 Questions About Social Media Marketing for Schools Answered

Social media marketing for schools is a big deal and it is pretty tough. When you go online you will see schools competing for social media recognition. The highly active social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google are all available for schools to leverage to gain brand recognition. Most schools are understaffed and do not have a budget for social strategy. As a matter of fact, in our social media survey of 100+ schools, we found that one-third of schools don't have any social media budget, and another one-third don't know how much to spend. Additionally, only 5% of respondents have social media marketing as a full-time job, and 68% dedicate five hours or less per week to social media marketing. Now you know that you are not alone. Many schools like yours are in the same boat. However, there are many of your competitors who know the benefit of social media marketing to their business and have a strong budget for it. We know how difficult …

For Teachers: 4 Easy Ways To Reduce Stress In Students This New Term

After a holiday, the ability to adapt back to school life may be difficult for some children and parents alike. Change is not always easy. Change of routines from a fun and laid-back holiday to waking up early in the morning, commuting to school, homework, and rules can be burdensome. 
While some students get back into the habit with ease, others need little preparation and the right attitude to make a smooth transition. 
According to Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a clinical psychologist, it is normal for a child to have a little flutter of anxiety about going back to school. After all, they’re getting themselves ready for a lot of newnesses: a teacher, classmates, tasks, and challenges. 
How do you get students to acclimatise to the new term without stress? Research is starting to indicate conclusively that the answer to this question can profoundly affect the process of learning that happens inside your class or school. 
Students who show anxiety about their learning, their capacities, and their homework will have hoisted levels of cortisol, the hormone related to stress.
Children in any condition of emotional stress are not capable of learning. Those with less obvious levels of stress or uneasiness are likewise influenced.
It is essential for teachers to be cognizant of external stresses which may hinder successful learning in the classroom. Of course, there is no way of discerning the emotional state of each student in the classroom. But, without a doubt, every teacher is faced with children of different emotional states in their classroom. Students are either hyper-aroused or hypo-aroused.  
These are a few simple things teachers can do to enable students to adapt to the new term – stress-free.

1. Stay Positive
A teacher's state of mind impacts how kids see the start of a school year or school term. Teachers have the ability to set the tone for the beginning of a school term, and how they set the tone from the beginning by a huge degree sets the tone for the rest of the term.
Just as they do with their parents, kids pick up on their teachers' emotions, respond to them, and frequently amplify them. Teachers should create a positive atmosphere in the classroom. Set an uplifting expectation for the school year, it enables kids to see and be prepared to respond likewise.  
If teachers are stressed or nervous about the new school year or the new term, such feelings will only help in increasing that of the students. 
Teachers should stay positive and create a positive atmosphere for students in the school. These positive vibes will rub off on the students and help them distress and feel better about the new term.

2. Keep the Physical Surroundings Neat
Avoid having the classroom space look too busy. The decoration is good, displaying students work is also essential, but avoid having clutter in the classroom.
Make the learning area spacious with each child having ample space between them and the next student. 
Claustrophobic environments can irritate stressed students. 
As much as possible, keep the classroom clean, neat and uncluttered. 
A neat and cosy environment has a special way of calming the nerves and giving a sense of comfort and relaxation.

3. Reduce Noise
Organised noise is good and productive. But disorganised noise could be stressors for students.
Keep the learning environment calm and quiet so students do not get distracted in the classroom. Since the students already have some difficulty blending into the new school term, try as much as possible to avoid anything that will cause distractions to them. 
Children have a very short attention span naturally, so make their learning environment as friendly and calm as possible. Reduce any disorganised noise to the barest minimum. 
Any activity involving music, for example, should be taken far away from the learning area so that students not involved in that exercise do not get distracted.

4. Establish Fun Traditions
A positive attitude rubs off on the students. If the teachers are excited about the start of a new term, the students will follow their lead. Doing something unusual to usher in the new school year or term can form a new ritual that will be followed for years to come.
On the first day of school, you could have a tradition of spending time just hanging out with your students where they all share their holiday experiences. This could help to get them relaxed and ready for the new term. 
The start of a new school year can be stressful for children but setting a right mood from the beginning can go a long way to help the students adjust and be comfortable with the new term, new subjects, new expectations and new routines. 
It is recommended that teachers should look out for the well-being of their students and help them overcome the challenges faced at school. You can provide guidance, support, and encouragement. 
The overall health of a child is affected positively when we get rid of stressors. Reducing stress has countless benefits for your students. It boosts their immune system and gives it optimum functionality, it makes them more productive in school and improves their mood to a high degree. 
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