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Using a ‘Less Is More’ Approach to Engage Parents

Edutopia – Gina Pascual

“There’s a long-standing myth that engaging families in their children’s education is inherently challenging. As many educators know, however, the challenge isn’t parents’ willingness to be engaged, but schools’ ability to engage them.” (more)

Mindfulness programs can boost children’s mental health

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“More than 1,000 pupils aged between 9-12 years old across 25 schools in Derbyshire, received one 45-minute mindfulness session per week for nine weeks during the year-long project, which involved a collaboration between Dr. William Van Gordon, Associate Professor in Contemplative Psychology at the University, and Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service.(more)

Coding: A Parent’s Guide To Our Kids’ Potential Future

Moms – Larissa Marulli

“Coding is one thing our children will be exposed to from the beginning of their education that we’re just learning about. These generational differences always happen and if you’re still unsure what coding is, odds are your school-aged kiddo has a better idea than you. Coding is the act of giving complete instructions to a computer to perform a certain task. That may sound complicated but it really isn’t.” (more)

How math games help level early learning variability

District Administration – Matt Zalaznick

“Students in Moises Vargas’ pre-K class in Harlingen Consolidated ISD are displaying math skills they would not have been expected to develop until later in elementary school. “In previous years, we didn’t see students doing three-digit addition because don’t cover that,” Vargas said of students in his south Texas district. “Now we know kids have the ability to learn that far ahead.” A program called My Math Academy, developed by Age of Learning, is helping Vargas address learning variability amongst students, some of whom have remained at home this entire school year.” (more)

4 Ways to Use Games for Learning

Edutopia – Staff Writer

“Research shows that playing games in the classroom can increase student participation, foster social and emotional learning, and motivate students to take risks.” (more)

A Digital Library Spawns More Reading

Edutopia – Shawn Maas

“You’ve probably come across the indictments of digital reading again and again. Some say turning pages is critical from a cognitive perspective (and that “digital reading breeds overconfidence”) and that even though kids are digital natives and might prefer reading on devices, their reading comprehension is better with print—even if they think it’s better on a device.” (more)

Vaccines For Youth 12 & Up Expected This Summer, But Schools Unlikely To Require Shots

The 74 Million – Asher Lehrer-Small

“Adolescents were met with welcome news in late March when Pfizer announced that its coronavirus vaccine was 100 percent effective in preventing infection among youth aged 12 to 15 in clinical trials. Shortly thereafter, the pharmaceutical company requested authorization from the FDA to expand use to that age group, a process that typically takes several weeks for review.” (more)

Children read more challenging books in lockdowns, data reveals

The Guardian – Alison Flood

“The annual What Kids Are Reading report from Renaissance Learning, which studies the reading habits of more than one million pupils in the UK and Ireland, found that while the number of books read overall dropped 17% in the year to July 2020, compared with the previous year, children read more during lockdowns and school closures. The data showed that the books read during lockdowns were more challenging, with primary school children and those in year seven reading more demanding texts in particular.” (more)

10 Mental Health Benefits For Teens Who Garden

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

“Teenagers all over the world are struggling with mental health issues. The concern over mental health has only been growing, and as more teenagers open up and start talking about it more, the more we understand their struggles and ways to help them. Strategies and resources are only beneficial if they have benefits, and the key to battling mental health struggles in teens could lie in finding the right resources that will work for them. The problem can be that it is hard to inspire teens sometimes with new activities.” (more)