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All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun

All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In this post, Sarah Fine asks why we see play as so central for young children and again for creative professional work, but treat high schools as play-free zones. She argues for why we should care about playful adolescence, and gives several examples of schools that are realizing these goals in practice.
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Before you skip right over this (those of us on the verge of April break are seeing quite enough playfulness thank you very much), it's not about letting students have recess in your classroom, it's actually a very interesting article about "playful learning."

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6% of US Teens Use Psychiatric Medications

6% of US Teens Use Psychiatric Medications | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The rate of psychiatric medication use in teenagers may have leveled off, after a decades-long rise, a new survey suggests.
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Why do adolescents take crazy risks? – Guy Claxton – Aeon Magazine

Why do adolescents take crazy risks? – Guy Claxton – Aeon Magazine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike
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Writing and Thinking Through the Student User's Guide Assignment

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"Stephanie was having one of those days when everything she thought she knew about working with young adults seemed miscalibrated -- when tempers flared without cause and student motivation disappeared despite her careful planning. That was the day we decided our students should come with written instructions.

Although a bit odd, the assignment we created is relatively simple: write a user's guide that explains to your users -- classmates and teachers -- how to work with you. In short, the task requires students to make decisions about style, structure and content (as required by the CCSS) in order to affect an audience toward a specific purpose: work well with me."

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How Youth Learn: Ned's GR8 8

You will be very happy you spent 6 minutes and 13 seconds watching and listening to teenager Ned Cephalus (who just might not be the most average teenager you've ever met) talk about what he (and his peers) needs from us to make learning happen. Be sure to watch it on YouTube in full screen mode so you can read all of the information he includes on the whiteboard.


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Study: Teen’s knowledge of family history a sign of social-emotional health

Study: Teen’s knowledge of family history            a sign of social-emotional health | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Researchers used a “Do You Know” scale” to measure how much family history teens know.
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Is Adult Life “Nothing But High School”? « Annie Murphy Paul

Is Adult Life “Nothing But High School”? « Annie Murphy Paul | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“When you get to be our age, you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by people you went to high school with,” noted the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. “You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school.”

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Mom-Approved Tips: Inside the mind of a college-bound teen

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A short guide to that quirky creature already well-known to us HS teachers--the college-bound senior. Based on this article from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/29/health/29well.html?_r=0

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Remember the ABC’s of Adolescent Math Learners | ASCD Inservice

Remember the ABC’s of Adolescent Math Learners | ASCD Inservice | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lisa Medoff, teacher in the program in human biology and the School of Education at Stanford University, shares insights from her article “Getting Beyond ‘I Hate Math!
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