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Scientific Proof that Trees Make Us Happier |

Scientific Proof that Trees Make Us Happier | | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A tree-lined neighborhood doesn't just look good, it actually makes you happier. That's the conclusion of a major study in the UK that followed 10,000 Brits—for 17 years—as they moved around the country.

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Living in north Idaho, I personally can attest to the benefits of looking out the window and seeing many, many trees, or better yet, the benefits of simply taking a walk down our tree lined dirt lane. -Lon

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 28, 2013 11:31 AM

So true!  

 

Driving through impoverished, urban areas, I wonder what it would be like to grow, from your earliest years, in an environment like that.  As a child, I recall driving from our very middle class neighborhood to visit my aunt in an upper middle class area.  The difference, through my 8 year old eyes:  everything was green and pretty.  

Deborah McNelis's curator insight, April 30, 2013 5:53 PM

Brains need nature!

Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views

Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

This is a supplemental publication of Woodbury Reports' Places for Struggling Teens, www.strugglingteens.com.  We search the Internet to find articles and opinions that might be helpful to professionals in the private parent-choice network, and parents working with teens with behavioral/emotional/learning problems.

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Author Mary Romero Featured In Motivational Book, 'Tales To Inspire: The Sapphire Collection'

Author Mary Romero Featured In Motivational Book, 'Tales To Inspire: The Sapphire Collection' | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
According to the 2010 Intimate Partner Violence Report issued by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 24.3% of women have been subjected to physical violence by an intimate partner a...
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Mary talks about her personal experience and what she learned about domestic violence when I interviewed her   sco.lt/9LltLd

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Oakley School-UT - Visit Report

Oakley School-UT - Visit Report | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Oakley school is a coed college prep boarding school for teens ages 14 to 18. It is designed for students who are struggling but do not need the clinical intensity of a residential treatment center. The students are bright but underperforming academically and otherwise. Read more about Lon Woodbury's visit to Oakley School in his Visit Report.
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Not only was the weather great for my visit, all the staff and students were pleasant and I had a great time there. -Lon

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Dangers of Untreated Addiction and Abuse

Dangers of Untreated Addiction and Abuse | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Perhaps you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, yet you have the ability to function each day by going to work and take care of your duties.
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Teens and Drugs: What a Parent Can Do to Help

(Although I’ll talk about this important issue in terms of a boy’s behavior, it could just as easily be about a girl.)
It’s an all too familiar story. A young teen who was once loveable, happy, a reasonably successful student and all around good...

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New Hope Recovery's curator insight, October 22, 11:21 AM

What a parent can do to help prevent teenage drug addiction.

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3 strategies for using empathy as an antidote to cyberbullying

3 strategies for using empathy as an antidote to cyberbullying | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Is social media killing empathy?

It’s a valid question when 88 percent of social-media-using teens have witnessed cruelty online and research has repeatedly shown that many of today’s adolescents — who spend more than seven hours a day consuming media — struggle with the ability to recognize other people’s emotions. With children’s socialization increasingly moving into the digital realm, something is clearly getting lost in translation.

“There's a cost to this change in the way kids socialize, and that has to do with how empathy develops,” journalist Emily Bazelon


By Nicole Krueger


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Alpine Academy-UT

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Alpine Academy offers family-based residential treatment that is uniquely successful at helping teenage girls learn the skills to succeed at home, in school, and with their own families. Our campus is located at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains in beautiful Erda, Utah.

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Woodbury Reports Thanks Alpine Academy

for their continued support.

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How to Turn Around Troubled Teens

How to Turn Around Troubled Teens | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Research reveals that get-tough tactics may worsen rates of juvenile delinquency
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With struggling teens, "Teach Them a Lesson" does not work, has never worked, and that seems to obvious that I'm always surprised at punishment oriented attitudes. -Lon

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Parenting as a Gen Xer: The first generation of parents in the age of iEverything

Parenting as a Gen Xer: The first generation of parents in the age of iEverything | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Is this the trickiest parenting challenge you face as a Gen Xer? This mother believes so and here is why.

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A report from the front lines of 21st century parenting. -Lon

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Learning to Trust My Parenting Instincts - Huffington Post

Learning to Trust My Parenting Instincts - Huffington Post | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Trusting my own instincts can be very hard for me at these times. I find myself caught between wanting to be the perfect daughter and making my parents happy and needing to be the mother that I know Lizzy requires me to be.

Via RJ Lavallee
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Yes!  In general, when a parent can keep the anger or wishful thinking at bay, the instincts are right more often than detailed diagnostic analysis. -Lon  (In my experience)

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A Cure for Hyper-Parenting

A Cure for Hyper-Parenting | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I used to think that only Americans and Brits did helicopter parenting. In fact, it's now a global trend.

Via Linda Alexander
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As a parent myself, I've always been amazed at the extraordinary demands some parents put on themselves for their kids.  Especially when they take responsibility for the outcomes. :( -Lon

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 12:50 PM

This article would be helpful for teachers and other pedagogues as they communicate with parents.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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Jack Schneider: Education is HARDER than Rocket Science

Jack Schneider, historian of education, has written a powerful column about why education is actually harder than rocket science.   He explains that reform after reform has failed because the ...
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This is a different and interesting take - that reforming politicians are a major part of the problems in education. :)

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Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A program called the Free-Range Kids Project is trying to help parents loosen their grip and raise more independent children.


Via George Curran
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A strike for freedom and against fear! -Lon

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George Curran's curator insight, October 12, 4:26 PM
I'm often asked why so many young people from affluent Chicago suburbs turn to heroin. I think this is a major source of the problem: they lack a sense of self and self-agency having never known autonomy. To guage this issue yourself, ask a few of these young adults, "What are your dreams? What do you want in life?" All too often, they have no idea.
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If you Divorce Mom Does it Mean You Divorce Me Too? #DivorceHurts

If you Divorce Mom Does it Mean You Divorce Me Too? #DivorceHurts | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I remember when my parents divorced, I was actually happy! I know that sounds strange, but my dad had started drinking more heavily, and I felt uncomfortable around him. He was my lovable dad, but ...
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Myths About the Brain Common among Teachers

Myths About the Brain Common among Teachers | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Popular myths about brain function may negatively impact teachers' effectiveness if they are using the myths to influence how they teach and treat students.
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US Drug Czar Opens National Harm Reduction Conference in Unprecedented Move - Substance.com

US Drug Czar Opens National Harm Reduction Conference in Unprecedented Move - Substance.com | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Michael Botticelli’s presence in Baltimore indicates the softening of government attitudes to harm reduction—and wins him a standing ovation.


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Why Spirituality Is Important In Addiction Recovery - New Hope Recovery Center

Why Spirituality Is Important In Addiction Recovery - New Hope Recovery Center | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Spirituality is important in addiction recovery because addiction takes away our spirituality, disconnecting us from powers, people and things outside ourselves.

Via New Hope Recovery
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I like their definitions of religion and spirituality.  They can overlap, but are two different perspectives and aren't necessarily tied to each other.  Very helpful in working with someone turned off by their experiences with organized religion. -Lon

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Spirited Lady Living: What is Co-Dependence and How Can It Stifle You?

Spirited Lady Living: What is Co-Dependence and How Can It Stifle You? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

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When You Stop Checking Facebook Constantly, These 10 Things Will Happen

When You Stop Checking Facebook Constantly, These 10 Things Will Happen | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Checking Facebook has become a chore for us but it doesn't have to be that way. Check out these things that'll happen once you stop checking Facebook!
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Good points that we should not let social media control us. :) -Lon

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How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It)

How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It) | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ever since the 1950s, children have undergone a test for tracking their creativity, in similar fashion to the IQ test. Professor E. Paul Torrance developed the series of tasks, which are administered by a psychologist, to a subject to measure the person’s ability to produce something original and useful. No [...]

Via Creativity For Life, David Hain, Dean J. Fusto, Ivon Prefontaine, Christopher Tienken
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Struggling Teens often are those kids who cannot/will-not give up their creativity.  Those are not broken kids needing serious treatment, but confused kids trying to find their way and making poor decisions.  There are schools working on this creativity gap, and should be a model for mainstream kids. -Lon


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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 17, 10:38 AM

1.       Teach creative problem solving over rote memorization. How to reach an answer is far more important than making the right choice on a standardized test and then forgetting the concept the next day.

2.       Teach kids to challenge assumptions instead of accepting things “as is.” Success is no longer about following an operating manual.  It is about imagining the possibilities and real-time innovation.

3.       Teach that mistakes are not evil, and should not be feared.Make sure kids learn that mistakes aren’t fatal – they’re simply the portals of discovery.

4.       Drive diversity of thought over conformity. World progress occurs by challenging conventional wisdom and approaching problems with fresh perspective.  Following the herd is a surefire path to mediocrity.

5.       Forster imagination and curiosity. No longer optional, creativity has become the currency of success for us all.  This applies to CEO’s and soccer-moms.  Musicians and military leaders.  Engineers and educators.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity


Nick Hester's curator insight, October 18, 6:35 AM

Celebrate diversity, be open, share, listen and learn...

Dr. Pat McGuire's curator insight, October 20, 11:41 AM

When my children were small we spent a great deal of time being creative and playing the "what if" game to test out theories. That is not seen with children in my practice much anymore.  They are stuck in overly compartmentalized learning and playing.  Few of them know what to do if told to go outside.

 

We need to bring curiosity and creativity back into the forefront of child development and learning.  I see the loss of this as being as devastating as when children were told "Do it because I said so and don't ask questions."

 

What do you think?

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The Sky's the Limit Fund's 5th Annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast

The Sky's the Limit Fund's 5th Annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The Sky's the Limit Fund presents their 5th annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast on October 30, 2014.
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When a toddler asks Siri a question rather than daddy, it's time to put down our smartphones

When a toddler asks Siri a question rather than daddy, it's time to put down our smartphones | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I've been a paediatrician for 20 years, and I thought I'd seen it all. But not long ago, when a father brought his two-year-old into my clinic, something happened that has me deeply concerned.

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Seems like it almost always comes back to the parents. ;( -Lon

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Critical social skills to incorporate in a 21st-century social skills group | Counseling Today

Critical social skills to incorporate in a 21st-century social skills group | Counseling Today | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

If you provide counseling services to clients who have autism, or any of several other mental health conditions, at some point you will inevitably work with them on social skills.

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Some good thoughts here on social skills - updated for the internet. -Lon

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The Peculiar Case of the Reading Dad -

The Peculiar Case of the Reading Dad - | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
When Frederick J. Goodall went to his son’s preschool to read one day, he had no idea that he would end up being the first father who had ever read to the class.
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What is 21st century education? - YouTube

"Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the "3 R's" and foster 21st century skills. Skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity will be essential for students to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."


Via Beth Dichter, Miloš Bajčetić
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Well worth 2 minutes of your time to get an inkling of where education is going. -Lon

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 13, 6:24 AM

Entièrement d'accord. Entre autre pour la pensée critque par rapport aux informations reçues. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 13, 11:52 AM

This short video presentation challenges educators with the question: What is 21st century education?

Audrey's curator insight, October 15, 3:22 PM

All this is true  so where do we start?  Children do not start learning when they go to school.  They start learning the moment their eyes open.  Parents can help their children activate their brains and create fantastic neural networks.  All children can encompass all the different styles of learning; Visual:; Auditory; Verbal; Kinaesthetic: -Using touch and taste to explore the information; Logical: a  mathematical approach to concepts; Interpersonal -Learning in groups; Intrapersonal - Learning  alone. Try some of the early learning from home school resources.

 curating for http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned - Granted, and ...

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned - Granted, and ... | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

 

I have made a terrible mistake.

 

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!"


Via John Evans, Miloš Bajčetić
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What common sense!  Years ago when I was teaching government, I found that some kind of experiential approach, and getting the students to follow their own interests when possible in a classroom, was much more effective. -Lon

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Marianne's curator insight, October 12, 9:09 PM

What a powerful thing to do!