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Highly motivated kids have a greater advantage in life than kids with a high IQ

Quartz – Rebecca Haggerty

“There’s a term for people like Ovsak—the kind of go-getter who would actually choose to take on a complicated programming challenge on top of a heavy load of demanding schoolwork. Educational psychologists Adele and Allen Gottfried call people who are standouts when it comes to effort and determination “motivationally gifted.” According to the Gottfrieds, our culture has vastly underestimated just how essential motivation is to ensuring success later in life. If society learns to value this quality in the same way that it regards intelligence or leadership skills, it could be an enormous boon for children—particularly because motivation, unlike many other talents, is a quality that’s accessible to us all.”(more)

Daily Affirmations for Teacher Anxiety

Education World – Staff Writer

“For teachers, anxiety is a part of the job. The late-night worries. Consistently questioning everything. The revision, and the revising of the revision. Teachers have the tendency to feel like they are “never good enough.” And for better or worse, it is sometimes this tendency that inspires us to achieve the impossible. We expect excellence in our students, and our students expect that same excellence from us. It’s a lot of pressure to live up to. For younger teachers, it is the anxiety of entering a new field: the organization, the showmanship, the never-ending flow of grading and meetings. For veteran educators, it’s about the ever-changing landscape of the job: new standards, new expectations, new technology, new students. For all of us, it is wanting the very best for those we mentor, and holding ourselves to the highest of standards in order to give them the education and support they deserve.”(more)

My son is bright and intelligent but lacks motivation at school – what can we do?

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“Homework. Often a key battleground between parents and children. If you are fortunate enough to have a child who independently gets on with after school work, spare a thought for all those parents who undertake daily cajoling of sons and daughters. Realistically, reluctance to get started on homework is fairly common. But what happens when this lack of motivation actually spills over into school life as well. Is this something to be worried about? As parents, is there anything you can do to help?.”(more)

So We Know Students Are Stressed Out … Now Let’s Talk About It

NPR Ed – Jacquie Lee

“Since 2013 teenagers have reported stress levels that exceed those of adults. And traditionally, parents have underestimated what their kids are feeling. This became apparent in 2009 when a Stress in America survey showed that parents had no idea the level of stress their kids were under. But parents are finally starting to notice…So what changed? Experts say that the increase of public attention focused on stress and the health hazards it can cause — suicide, depression and anxiety — may have pushed parents to take their kid’s stress more seriously…But not all stress is bad. In fact, some stress can help increase motivation and focus…So for students who are teetering on the edge of extreme and just-enough stress, how can they find a happy medium?”(more)

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places

The Huffington Post – Carrie Brennan

“School-wide activities like this are key to fostering a happy, healthy, cohesive learning environment–what we in the field of education call “positive school culture.”…Under No Child Left Behind, schools were pressured to maximize ‘seat time’ and ‘time on task.’ Anything that took students away from the specific business of rote learning could be viewed as a distraction. Fortunately, it appears we are at a turning point with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law by President Obama in December, which mandates states to include at least one non-academic measure of school quality in their accountability system. This new requirement promises to shine a much-needed spotlight on school culture. This is good news for teachers, principals, parents, and most importantly, for students…While some might dismiss school culture as being on the periphery compared with other educational priorities, it is actually of central importance. In environments where safety, trust, and relationships are valued, students are more likely to be focused on their learning, to take risks, and to challenge themselves.”(more)

Child obesity and what parents can do

The BayNet.com – Staff Writer

“Child obesity is one of the most rampant and widespread problems that are affecting both children and adolescents in the country today. It can actually have a major negative influence on your child’s life and growth, especially since it can increase your child’s risk of acquiring a number of health-related problems. Aside from that, your child could also develop certain social and emotional trauma/ problems, making it very difficult for them to live a happy, healthy life. As a parent, you might feel that you are powerless to do anything about it, but it is actually the exact opposite. There are things that you can do to help your child combat obesity, and allow him to have a better chance at living a healthier life. Here are some things that you could do for him.”(more)