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Background reading relevant to learning and teaching goals at Newington College
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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Across the country, children are experiencing depression, anxiety and even physical strain because of the pressures of school.
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"Paradoxically, the pressure cooker is hurting, not helping, our kids’ prospects for success. Many college students struggle with critical thinking, a fact that hasn’t escaped their professors, only 14 percent of whom believe that their students are prepared for college work, according to a 2015 report." 

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The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help)

The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.
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Findings from three studies on social and emotional health of students. Caution on "pseudo-maturity" and the need for more empathy in our children. Some excellent links to studies and resources in article.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a
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Importance of empathy in the classroom.

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Boys want to look fit to be happy

Boys want to look fit to be happy | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Boys as young as eight have decided they want to look fit and sporty - and think they will be happier if they do - a new body image study has found.
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Realities that many of our students are facing.

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The Moral Bucket List

The Moral Bucket List | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
What kind of adventures produce goodness, rather than build résumés?
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A great article about the importance of developing eulogy virtues and not just resume virtues. Worth a read.

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.
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Importance of actively teaching kindness to students. Many benefits, including reducing bullying and depression.

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School Change: Make Room for "Wrongdoing"

School Change: Make Room for "Wrongdoing" | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

In schools, we ask kids to change all the time, from one class and teacher to the nex
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Learning by wrongdoing. Good ideas.

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