Episode 012 : Katherine Ziff

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Dr. Katherine Ziff is an assistant professor in the department of counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. Ziff’s recent book, Art Break: A Creative Guide to Joyful and Productive Classrooms, was published in 2016 by Swallow Press. In this episode, Ziff discusses the use of Art Breaks in elementary school settings as a potential therapeutic intervention that can improve students emotional orientation toward learning while at the same time centering them around productivity tasks like critical thinking, problem solving, and positive social interactions. Art Breaks, according to Ziff, are potentially useful for students in any classroom and can potentially be used by parents in home settings. Ziff’s book can be purchased through the Swallow Press website ( or through other online booksellers.