Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Larry Ferlazzo, English & Social Studies teacher, posted a review on the research of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on Edutopia.org, focusing on providing the conditions for growth and student motivation. He described the four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance. In this post, he … Continue reading Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses

Date: June 22, 2015 Source: Massachusetts General Hospital Summary: Amid reports that rank today's teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a new study offers hope for helping them effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency. A pilot study describes how a stress-reduction/resiliency-building curriculum helped a group of Boston-area high school students significantly … Continue reading Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses

Resilience – A master skill for children

Helping our children to build resilience when they are faced with adversity is a key element of their development and mental health. Without a doubt, protecting children from unnecessary suffering is our responsibility as educators, caregivers and parents. Even though we wish we could avoid children pain and suffering, sometimes adversity is unavoidable, and it … Continue reading Resilience – A master skill for children

Upcoming Event: Benefits and Challenges of Adolescence

Adolescência: Benefícios e Desafios November 23, 2016,  8:00am SOCIESC Auditorium - Florianopolis, Brazil Adolescence is an astonishing and fascinating period. It is known to be a time of great challenges for both teenagers and adult caregivers. Through findings in neuroscience and empirical research we can better understand this period. It is now known that the … Continue reading Upcoming Event: Benefits and Challenges of Adolescence

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Project DQ identifies 8 digital life skills all children need – and proposes a plan for teaching them. Similar to IQ or EQ, an individual’s facility and command of digital media is a competence that can be measured. This is known as DQ: digital intelligence, which is a highly adaptive intelligence. They define Digital intelligence or “DQ” as a “the sum of social, emotional … Continue reading 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

The Teen Brain Still Under Construction

One of the ways that scientists have searched for the causes of mental illness is by studying the development of the brain from birth to adulthood. Powerful new technologies have enabled them to track the growth of the brain and to investigate the connections between brain function, development, and behavior. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shares interesting research findings … Continue reading The Teen Brain Still Under Construction

Brilliant Hospital Gowns Help Teen Patients Feel Like Themselves

"You're Unique. Why should your gown be any different?" - Ward+Robes Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada came up with the simple but brilliant idea to create hospital gowns that teens would actually want to wear. The recently launched WARD + ROBES program allows each teen to pick out a gown that suits them, allowing them to feel less like a patient and more … Continue reading Brilliant Hospital Gowns Help Teen Patients Feel Like Themselves

Negative attention from teachers can lead to more negative student behaviors

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have developed a new method for observing and measuring teacher interaction with every child in a classroom. As a result of testing this method within K-3 classrooms, they found that students who receive more negative attention from teachers experience increases in problems with emotional regulation, concentration and disruptive behaviors. … Continue reading Negative attention from teachers can lead to more negative student behaviors