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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Help Students Know When It’s Time to Quit—and When It’s Not
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. Here’s how to consider the decision to persist or stop.
Angela Duckworth, January 13, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Struggle With Time Management. Schools Can Help
Schools need to help students develop a healthier relationship with time, writes researcher Brad Aeon.
Brad Aeon, February 25, 2020
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Student Well-Being Letter to the Editor Teach Executive Function
To the Editor:
I enjoyed the article about math anxiety ("The Myth Fueling Math Anxiety," Big Ideas special report, Jan. 8, 2020). As a neuroscientist who specializes in how the core skills of executive function promote rigorous math learning, it is particularly gratifying to see EdWeek cover this topic.
February 11, 2020
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Lila Berg, a 6th grader in Wayland, Mass., said her advisory group has helped her form friendships with other students and provides a source for academic help.
Lila Berg, a 6th grader in Wayland, Mass., said her advisory group has helped her form friendships with other students and provides a source for academic help.
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Teaching New 6th Grader Finds Friends, Support in Advisory Group
Lila Berg was starting middle school in a new town, making the often rocky transition to 6th grade potentially even more fraught.
Evie Blad, March 12, 2019
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Principal Betsy Gavron of Wayland Middle School, in Wayland, Mass., takes part in an un-birthday celebration for the school’s 6th grade advisory group, which sets aside unstructured time for students to build relationships and bond with each other.
Principal Betsy Gavron of Wayland Middle School, in Wayland, Mass., takes part in an un-birthday celebration for the school’s 6th grade advisory group, which sets aside unstructured time for students to build relationships and bond with each other.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week
Student Well-Being How Schools Can Make Advisories Meaningful for Students and Teachers
Advisory periods—that common block of time in middle and high school schedules intended to strengthen relationships in schools—often feel burdensome to teachers and useless to students. But some schools are finding ways to make advisories matter.
Evie Blad, March 12, 2019
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Student Well-Being Commentary 'Grit Is in Our DNA': Why Teaching Grit Is Inherently Anti-Black
The popular trend of teaching grit is actually the education equivalent of "The Hunger Games," argues Bettina L. Love.
Bettina L. Love, February 12, 2019
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Student Well-Being Commentary The Five Success Skills Every Student Should Master
A focus on scholastic skills shouldn't distract from the most fundamental literacy of all: human literacy, writes Thomas R. Hoerr.
Thomas R. Hoerr, December 11, 2018
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Student Well-Being Commentary We Shouldn't Teach Young Men to Fear #MeToo
The Kavanaugh confirmation process demonstrates that schools must offer boys space to understand their emotional responses, writes Jeff Frank.
Jeff Frank, October 12, 2018
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In this series of brain scans taken from age 5 through age 20, blue areas indicate more mature and efficient networks within the brain. In mid-to-late adolescence, the brain rapidly matures, beginning with spacial perception (center line visible from the top). The front areas associated with critical thinking and planning continue to develop through the teenage years to the early 20s, and the temporal lobe, located in the bottom curve and associated with learning and memory, is among the last areas to fully mature.
In this series of brain scans taken from age 5 through age 20, blue areas indicate more mature and efficient networks within the brain. In mid-to-late adolescence, the brain rapidly matures, beginning with spacial perception (center line visible from the top). The front areas associated with critical thinking and planning continue to develop through the teenage years to the early 20s, and the temporal lobe, located in the bottom curve and associated with learning and memory, is among the last areas to fully mature.
Source: “Dynamic Mapping of Human Cortical Development During Childhood Through Early Adulthood,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Student Well-Being The Teen Brain: How Schools Can Help Students Manage Emotions and Make Better Decisions
Cognitive and neuroscience research points ways schools can help leverage teenagers’ strengths in this unique developmental period when they’re learning to regulate emotions and make good decisions.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 9, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Partnering to Reduce Achievement Gaps in New Mexico
A school leader outlines how research findings on reducing achievement gaps are reflected in practice at her New Mexico school.
Urban Education Contributor, May 31, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion What is the Role of Noncognitive Skills and School Environments in Students' Transitions to High School?
Research examines differences in students' perceptions of their noncognitive skills and school environments and how these perceptions are related to successful transitions to high school in New Mexico.
Urban Education Contributor, May 28, 2018
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Student Well-Being Teenagers Are Skeptical of Praise for Good Effort, Study Finds
An analysis of studies on learning mindsets suggests that praising students for effort, rather than for being smart, can backfire in middle and high school.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 10, 2018
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To treat student trauma effectively and heal children’s brains and bodies, doctors and school communities must work together on solutions, says pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris.
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Student Well-Being Commentary A Pediatrician's Advice for Treating Student Trauma
To treat student trauma effectively and heal children’s brains and bodies, doctors and school communities must work together, says pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris.
March 6, 2018
6 min read
Madison Reid, a student in a combined 2nd and 3rd grade classroom, leads a discussion on good listening with her classmates during a morning session at Cleveland’s Wade Park Elementary School in 2015. Such classroom exercises are part of Cleveland’s districtwide social-emotional learning plan. Members of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development have visited Cleveland to see the district's social-emotional learning strategies in practice.
Madison Reid, a student in a combined 2nd and 3rd grade classroom, leads a discussion on good listening with her classmates during a morning session at Cleveland’s Wade Park Elementary School in 2015. Such classroom exercises are part of Cleveland’s districtwide social-emotional learning plan. Members of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development have visited Cleveland to see the district's social-emotional learning strategies in practice.
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Every Student Succeeds Act Experts Agree Social-Emotional Learning Matters, and Are Plotting Roadmap on How to Do It
A national coalition of researchers, policymakers, and educators has forged a consensus on why schools need to respond to students’ social and emotional needs.
Evie Blad, January 23, 2018
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