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Dr. Grauer's Column - A Tangerine, A Hug, and 40 Winks

A Tangerine, A Hug, and 40 Winks

Grauer 8th grade Physical Education students relaxing together after a workout on the court - February 11, 2020

Here are common reasons a student might be misbehaving, low performing, or withdrawn during the school day:

-  Lack of sleep
-  Hunger
-  Missed medication
-  A headache or other pain
-  Illness
-  A conflict at home
-  A conflict with a peer
-  Didn’t do homework
-  Starved for attention

A parent gave me a bag of fresh picked tangerines this week and I was amazed at how quickly students wanted to grab one and eat it right up. Those tangerines flew out of the bag—it was like putting a drop of water on a dry sponge. Our students want to be healthy. More often than not, the answer to any of the above problems is a hug or a tangerine. And, of course, the other usual suspect: the single most impactful thing almost any of our students or teachers can do to gain in happiness and functionality instantly is: sleep.

Environmental Science students harvesting 26 pounds of carrots and celery in the Grauer garden - February 3, 2020


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Grauer 8th grade Physical Education students relaxing together after a workout on the court - February 11, 2020

Environmental Science students harvesting 26 pounds of carrots and celery in the Grauer garden - February 3, 2020

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