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Children’s Health & Learning Has Been Declining, When Will Education Policymakers Listen to Science?

Child Development Health & Learning Has Been Declining, When Will Policymakers Listen to Science? The article titled “An Action Guide for Policymakers’ ‘ by the Center on Developing Child at Harvard University has provided decades of valuable insights into the connection between health and learning in children and offers guidance for policymakers to improve both aspects.  Key points Health and Learning Are Deeply Interconnected in the Body: Scientific research has shown that the conditions and environments in which children develop have a profound impact on their lifelong health and educational achievement. The brain and other systems in the body interact… Read More »Children’s Health & Learning Has Been Declining, When Will Education Policymakers Listen to Science?

Keep Students Motivated & Engaged

How to Keep Students Motivated and Engaged Provide a positive learning environment Create an environment where students feel supported and comfortable. Encourage students to share their opinions and ideas, and validate their contributions. Use active learning strategies Incorporate active learning strategies like group projects, debates, and class discussions to keep students engaged and interested. Give specific feedback Provide timely feedback on assignments and assessments to help students stay on track and feel motivated to continue learning. Individualize instruction Tailor instruction to the individual needs and interests of each student. This can help students feel more engaged and invested in their… Read More »Keep Students Motivated & Engaged

Skateboarding Helps Youth Manage Trauma

Skateboarding has been found to have therapeutic benefits for individuals dealing with trauma, according to a recent article in Jenkem Magazine. By providing a safe outlet for self-expression and a sense of control over one’s body, skateboarding can be an effective tool for processing and coping with emotional pain. Organizations like Skate After School have recognized the benefits of skateboarding as a means of therapy for children who have experienced trauma. The program allows children to express themselves freely and build confidence while skateboarding in a safe, supportive environment. In addition to its emotional benefits, skateboarding can also promote mindfulness… Read More »Skateboarding Helps Youth Manage Trauma

Motivation is KEY

  Motivation is the driving force behind our actions. It pushes us towards our goals and desires. It’s the key that unlocks the doors to success! 🚀   When our sympathetic nervous system produces hormones of epinephrine and norepinephrine, they create energy for action. Take a moment to reflect on what sparks your child’s curiosity. What sets their imaginations on fire? By identifying their unique wants and needs, we can fuel their passion for learning and guide them towards a future filled with knowledge. 🔥🌈 Every child has unique special interests and inclinations. It could be the thrill of exploration,… Read More »Motivation is KEY

Must Read Books on Child Development

Raising Good Humans By: Hunter Clarke-Fields MSAE How Children Succeed By: Paul Tough How We Learn By: Benedict Carey The Intelligence Trap By: David Robson No Drama Discipline By: Tina Payne Bryson PhD Make it Stick By: Peter C. Brown

Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

Motivation is a vital component of student engagement and learning. When students are motivated, they are more likely to be engaged in the learning process, retain information, and perform better academically. In this blog post, we will explore the science of motivation as it relates to student engagement and learning. Motivation can be classified into two broad categories: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the drive that comes from within the student. It is the desire to learn and achieve for its own sake. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from outside factors such as rewards, punishment,… Read More »Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

Understanding the Development of a Child’s Brain

The development of a child’s brain architecture provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Brains are built, from the bottom up. A child’s brain is rapidly developing during the first few years of life, and experiences during this time can shape the structure and function of their brain. Positive experiences, such as responsive caregiving, play, and stimulating environments, can promote healthy brain development, while negative experiences, such as neglect or abuse, can harm it. Cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are all intertwined and build upon past experiences throughout the life course. Toxic stress (trauma) weakens the architecture… Read More »Understanding the Development of a Child’s Brain

Helping a Student with Suicidal Thoughts: What Parents and Teachers Can Do”

When a child makes a serious threat, it shouldn’t be dismissed as just idle talk. Parents, teachers, or other adults should immediately talk with the child. If it is determined that the child is at risk and/or the child refuses to talk, is argumentative, responds defensively, or continues to express violent or dangerous thoughts or plans, arrangements should be made for an immediate assessment by a mental health professional with experience evaluating children and adolescents. Evaluation of any serious threat must be done in the context of the individual child’s past behavior, personality, and current stressors. In an emergency situation… Read More »Helping a Student with Suicidal Thoughts: What Parents and Teachers Can Do”