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3 ways to promote grit via literacy instruction

E-School News – Staff Writer

“J.K. Rowling. Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. These are no doubt names that most students recognize as successful. But what often goes overlooked is the perseverance needed to achieve success, and that successful people—including these household names—often overcome great obstacles. To that end, the conversation in schools has shifted to resilience and grit, recognizing that people who demonstrate determination often end up being movers and shakers in today’s world.” (more)

A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids’ Tech Use

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Earlier this month, Apple became the latest company to announce they’re arming parents with more technical weapons, by adding Screen Time and more parental controls to iOS. The company isn’t alone — besides Google’s Family Link, Disney has a product called Circle, and Amazon has FreeTime. Plus, there are more third-party apps, including Net Nanny and Qustodio, and devices, like Torch and unGlue.” (more)

Many Recommend Teaching Mental Health In Schools. Now Two States Will Require It

The Huffington Post – Christine Vestal

“Amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness, two states have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic curriculum. Most states require health education in all public schools, and state laws have been enacted in many states to require health teachers to include lessons on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, cancer detection and safe sex. Two states are going further: New York’s new law adds mental health instruction to the list in kindergarten through 12th grade; Virginia requires it in ninth and 10th grades.” (more)

NGSS in Elementary: Incorporating Science Into Your Literacy Instruction

Education World – Martha Moore

“Next Generation Science Standards are designed to give students a foundational science education that can serve them throughout their schooling and into their careers as adults. We’ve taken a dive into ways to incorporate science into literacy instruction with some fantastic book collections from Steps to Literacy.” (more)

WHO to classify ‘gaming disorder’ as mental health condition

CNN – Susan Scutti

“Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization is set to announce “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition to be included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, set to release Monday.” (more)

Can you solve it? Mirror, mirror on the wall

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“Here’s a puzzle about something we do every day: gaze at ourselves in the mirror. Who says maths is not relevant to the real world? In fact, You may have often pondered this question without realising it when trying on clothes.” (more)