Archive: Twenty First Century Education

Parents Want SEL!

Parents in 2019 are getting choosey about what they want for their kids, both in and out of school. A recent survey conducted by Peachjar, a cloud-based communication platform that distributes school and community information to more than 10 million parents in 40 states, shows they are looking for more and better options for their kids’ after school enrichment. Parents …

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Technology that Develops Curiosity, Courage and Kindness

The Internet, apps and games provide so much access to information that it’s not hard to find something to stimulate kids’ curiosity, according to the organization Common Sense Media. However, it’s important that whatever technology they use be informative, age-appropriate and credible. Games that allow exploration, creation and multiple solutions to a problem (like Minecraft and Roblox) are also known boosters …

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Tools for Teaching Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems like a simple enough concept. But it isn’t something that many parents have mastered, certainly not me. So if I’m not already practicing mindfulness myself, how can I possibly teach it to my kids? There are lots of tools and articles out there that claim to help, but which ones really work? A Google search on “how to …

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Being Mindful

Mindfulness is focusing on the present, being aware of what is going on inside of ourselves, observing what is going on outside of ourselves, and doing our best not to react emotionally or with judgment – either to our own thoughts and actions or those of others. This idea of being present physically and mentally seems simple enough, but it …

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Encouraging Connectedness

Feeling connected to a social group and to nature is good for us, science says. It increases our individual emotional and physical health, and also the well being of planet Earth and our species as a whole. There is even evidence that “the roots of lifelong happiness…stretch back into childhood,” where social connectedness has been found to play a more …

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Disentangling The Growth Mindset

Children (and adults) with a growth mindset “believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.”[1] This attitude motivates them to seek out challenges and learn from failures, instead of give up and avoid them. But simply knowing that smarts are expandable isn’t enough, says Carol S. Dweck, …

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