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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)

Farewell to the Walking Encyclopedia

The Huffington Post – Robert E. Slavin

“Like just about everyone these days, I carry a digital device in my pocket at all times. At the office, I have a powerful desktop, and in the evening, I curl up with my iPad. Each of these contains the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Kids and parents have as much access as I do. The ubiquity of knowledge due to digital devices has led many educational theorists and practitioners to wonder whether teachers are even necessary anymore. Can’t everyone just look things up, do calculations, and generally provide themselves with just-in-time wisdom-on-the-spot?…digital devices are not yet transforming education. But what they are doing is putting the last nail in the coffin of the teacher as walking encyclopedia…Content knowledge is still crucial, but a “walking encyclopedia” is of declining value when everyone can find out everything all the time. Does the decline of the walking encyclopedia diminish the role of the teacher? Just the opposite. When kids are immersed in too much information, what they need is a guide to help them learn how to comprehend complex texts and understand and organize information. They need to know how to write, how to solve complex problems, how to set up and carry out experiments, how to work well with others, how to contextualize their own thoughts to reason productively, how to manage their own behavior, how to maintain positive motivation, and how to be productive even in the face of difficulties.”(more)