We’re ALL In This Together!

We’re ALL In This Together!

If We’re All in this Together, Why Do We Expect Students to Change Culture of School Stress? Earlier this year, a high school student in suburban Chicago wrote a petition in which she criticized her school “for putting too much pressure on students to succeed academically” and called on schools to “treat students like people with dreams and not just test scores.”

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Does More ‘Free Time’ Mean More ‘Screen Time’ for our Students

Does More ‘Free Time’ Mean More ‘Screen Time’ for our Students

Consider the recent 60 Minutes episode entitled “Brain Hacking,” in which Tristan Harris, a former product manager from Google, explained that “Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked.” Harris is a tech insider who “publicly acknowledges that the companies responsible for programming your phones are working hard to get you and your family to feel the need to check in constantly,” a phenomenon recently termed as “brain hacking.”

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Balancing Between High Standards and Varying Developmental Levels

Balancing Between High Standards and Varying Developmental Levels

I recently co-hosted a webinar, At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools, with my colleague Dr. Douglas Reeves from Creative Leadership Solutions. After the webinar, Doug and I received the following question from Dr. Catherine Smith:

What advice can you give elementary school educators who need to balance between high standards and sensitivity about children’s varying developmental levels?

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Cell Phones and Sleep Deprivation

Cell Phones and Sleep Deprivation

Having recently seen the documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age, I was particularly struck by this article in JAMA Pediatrics that summarized a recent systematic review of 20 studies conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This meta-analysis of studies of students between the ages of 6 to 19 years – that occurred over a four-year time period (between 2011 and 2015) – tried to quantify the relationship between bedtime cell phone access and use, and kids’ overall diminished sleep quality. The link below provides more detailed information, but I’ve tried to summarize it here.

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