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Best Practices: Thoughts on a Flash Mob Mentality - Hybrid Pedagogy

Best Practices: Thoughts on a Flash Mob Mentality - Hybrid Pedagogy | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I have colleagues who invoke “Best Practices” the way that evangelical Christians quote the Bible: God has spoken. During these conversations, I am tempted to say in a serious voice,...    

 

As a teacher, I prefer to assume the best-case scenario: that my students are brilliant and amazing. There is no such thing as a stupid student: he just has a different base of knowledge than I do. In fact, the different backgrounds and experiences that my students bring to the class add depth to our learning. Every student has something valuable to teach the rest of us. I’ve made that assumption for over thirty years now, and so far, I’ve never been proven wrong.


Via Elizabeth E Charles
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This is a good discussion on the concept of "best practices.'  In therapeutic boarding schools I work with, this "best practices" mentality seem to come from government regulators and credentialed therapists.  And the response there is the same as in the classroom this author talks about:  Can be a helpful start if it isn't turned into a rigid "one size fits all."  -Lon

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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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Valley View School-MA Seeking An Admissions/Marketing Person

Valley View School-MA Seeking An Admissions/Marketing Person | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Valley View School has a very well respected 45 year history of working with adolescent boys from across the United States and abroad.
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From Trauma to Triumph: Transforming Pain into Art

From Trauma to Triumph: Transforming Pain into Art | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
From Maya Angelou to Edvard Munch, there are numerous examples of transformative, creative, and healing expression that evolved from unthinkable pain.
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Hardcore porn and online dating are what teens really get up to on laptops

Hardcore porn and online dating are what teens really get up to on laptops | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Do you know what your teenager looks at on their laptop or smart phone? Former teacher Chloe Combi spent two years finding out, and the truth will no doubt terrify parents everywhere.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Someday we will figure out how to "civilize" the Internet, just like we learned to build a civilized society out of the late middle ages. -Lon

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Counties in Pennsylvania Running Out of Treatment Funds Months Early

Counties in Pennsylvania Running Out of Treatment Funds Months Early | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
05/01/2015 -ATIN - Counties all over the country, especially in states like Illinois and in some places in New England as well as the Deep South, are running out of funding to send those who have no means to go to treatment, funding that was budgeted to last in most cases until mid-year when most non-profits close their books coinciding with state fiscal years, which typically start on July 1.
Lon Woodbury's insight:

It seems that with a government that tries to do everything tends to run out of money which hurts most the most vulnerable and those it is our moral responsibility to help. -Lon

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Bullying Seen As More Serious Cause Of Mental Health Problems Than Child Abuse - Tech Times

Bullying Seen As More Serious Cause Of Mental Health Problems Than Child Abuse - Tech Times | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children who are bullied face an even higher risk of ongoing mental health problems than victims of other forms of abuse, researchers suggest. Society's different attitudes toward bullying and child abuse are part of the problem, they say.

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The Science and Pseudoscience of Children's Mental Health - Mad In America

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Mad In America
My latest edited book: The Science and Pseudoscience of Children's Mental Health (Praeger, 2015) stipulates that we are asking the wrong question.

Via ESCAP Online
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This seems like a clearer view of the causes of childhood mental illnesses.  Can we say goodbye to the chemical imbalance theory? :)  -Lon

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Love, Not Marriage, Gives Children a Stable Home

Love, Not Marriage, Gives Children a Stable Home | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The claim that children are suffering from a ‘trend away from marriage’ fails to recognise the many other ways to provide a happy home environment

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good points here.  But, how well does it pass the question:  How are Children doing in general?  And, is the decrease in marriage contracts contributing to that to more children in poverty and being their own worst enemy?  Or, as the author claims and what some of my own children claimed: its just a meaningless piece of paper?  There are a lot of children in trouble and the causes are multiple, and any aspect can be debated with multiple plausible explanations.  Just because a view is plausible does not mean it is truth.  -Lon

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The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education'

The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education' | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
One of the most common ways to criticize our current system of education is to suggest that it’s based on a “factory model.” An alternative condemnation: “industrial era.” The implication is the same: schools are woefully outmoded.

As edX CEO Anant Agarwal puts it, “It is pathetic that the education system has not changed in hundreds of years.” The Clayton Christensen Institute’s Michael Horn and Meg Evan argue something similar: “a factory model for schools no longer works.” “How to Break Free of Our 19th-Century Factory-Model Education System,” advises Joel Rose, the co-founder of the New Classrooms Innovation Partners. Education Next’s Joanne Jacobs points us “Beyond the Factory Model.” “The single best idea for reforming K–12 education,” writes Forbes contributor Steve Denning, ending the “factory model of management.” “There’s Nothing Especially Educational About Factory-Style Management,” according to the American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess.

I’d like to add: there’s nothing especially historical about these diagnoses either.
Blame the Prussians

The “factory model of education” is invoked as shorthand for the flaws in today’s schools – flaws that can be addressed by new technologies or by new policies, depending on who’s telling the story. The “factory model” is also shorthand for the history of public education itself – the development of and change in the school system (or – purportedly – the lack thereof).

Via Miloš Bajčetić
Lon Woodbury's insight:

I wasn't convinced in this criticism of the label "factory system of education."  He added a lot of detail, but seemed to debunk incidentals more than the heart of what is meant by "factory system of education."  -Lon

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Get over the stranger danger and join the free-rangers

Get over the stranger danger and join the free-rangers | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
This movement, which has been growing for the past half-decade, is an attempt to free children from the thumb of adult oppression

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Let's see: the kids were traumatized.  Isn't that an element of abuse?  - Or, maybe it is just a symptom of demanding parents own the kids rather than parent them?  -Lon

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Why I allowed a screen time binge

Why I allowed a screen time binge | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I let my kids have a school holiday screen time blowout and the results were more than I ever expected.

Via Peter Mellow
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There are ways to handle "screen time" without blowing minds or blowing the peace. j:)  -Lon

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Poll: Californians value arts, math, and science over tech

Poll: Californians value arts, math, and science over tech | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"While we are told how important it is to go 1:1 in schools, this study shows that claim is not fully believed by all of the school's stakeholders. Tech integration is pushed heavily by the ed tech companies and curriculum powerhouses that make tech-compatible material, however, whether people actually believe it will make the most positive difference is something else."


Via EDTC@UTB
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That the arts score high is interesting since that is one of the first items to be cut in a tight school budget.  Maybe we are getting into a national discussion of what the purpose of education is:  To educate well rounded individuals, or to educate career competent adults and maturity and character are to be obtained elsewhere?  -Lon

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Mental Health Myths : Myths of Mental Health

Myths and misinformation about mental illness lead to stigma and can keep people from seeking proper care for themselves or their loved ones. Mental illness doesn’t have to keep anyone down, however. Here, we debunk some of the most common mental health myths so you can get on the path to health and recovery..
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What Everyone Needs To Know About Anxiety - Huffington Post

What Everyone Needs To Know About Anxiety - Huffington Post | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Think you can spot someone with anxiety in a crowd?

The disorder, which touches 18 percent of American adults, is one of the most common mental health issues in the world. It can affect your teache...

Via Penrith Farms
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There has been a significant increase in residential adolescent programs devoted to treating anxiety disorders. -Lon

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Walton Foundation's Market-Based Ed. Initiatives Miss Mark, Report Says

Walton Foundation's Market-Based Ed. Initiatives Miss Mark, Report Says | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Although the foundation's education initiatives have benefited individual families, those improvements aren't translating into systemwide change, according to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
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Anxiety Summer Program for Teens at Mountain Valley Treatment Center-N H

Anxiety Summer Program for Teens at Mountain Valley Treatment Center-N H | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Mountain Valley Treatment Center is pleased to announce the creation of a two-week Summer Anxiety Mastery Program, designed especially, but not exclusively, for Mountain Valley Treatment Center graduates (ages 13 to 18) who would be interested in, and benefit from, a refresher course that blends summer fun with exposure-based anxiety treatment.
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Five Curious Facts about Music and Brain Damage

Five Curious Facts about Music and Brain Damage | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
What happens if a musician experiences some sort of brain damage?

Via Gina Paschalidou, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Suvi Salo
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Interesting possibilities here.  If music is active in many areas of the brain, it makes sense that it would potentially heal those areas also. -Lon


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Conversations for Inquiring Minds's curator insight, May 2, 12:27 PM

For the first time I understand why music helps students so well.  I know that playing piano literally saved my life growing up because I could dump all my feelings into the music.  

Although some of the conditions were unknown to me, the article kept my interest through it's analysis of the how the brain works with music and examples like Ravel and Freud.   

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Traumatized Children: How Childhood Trauma Influences Brain Development

Traumatized Children: How Childhood Trauma Influences Brain Development | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Sandy was alone - her world forever changed. Her entire being was altered - the way she thinks, the way she behaves, the way she feels, the way she grows. Her brain is etched with the memories of terror. She carries elements of this trauma with her everyday. She carries elements of her terror into every relationship and every classroom. In so many ways, she was robbed of her future, robbed of her true potential."


Via Nicole Rene Fuglsang
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Dr. Perry has been in the lead in brain research and interventions and has worked with several schools and programs covered in my publications. -Lon

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Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent and compassionate

Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent and compassionate | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
1. Compassion: According to this overview of the scientific literature by Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda in The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction, 


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A study of 3- to 6-year-olds found that kids with pets had more empathy towards other animals and human beings, while another study found that even just having an animal in a classroom made fourth-graders more compassionate. 


Via Edwin Rutsch
Lon Woodbury's insight:

I have heard the claim, especially by equine therapists, that "the horse is the therapist."  I think that applies to virtually all dependent creatures that children (and adults) interact with..  I heard a cute story that dogs were sent to earth to deliver the message of peace.  The dogs ate the message, but are still trying to deliver it. :) -Lon 

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8 Reasons Why Spending Time Alone Is Actually Really Good For You

8 Reasons Why Spending Time Alone Is Actually Really Good For You | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million peopl...

Via Anne Leong
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good points.  It seems most people need to constantly interact with and be entertained by others or gadgets.  Just the imagination and creativity possibilities are expanded with alone time.  One of my best jobs during my college years was a summer on a Forest Service Lookout here in north Idaho.  In addition to forest fire spotting, I could read, watch sunsets and deer and elk cavorting under the tower.  After two months it got very old, but I found that a vast majority of my contemporaries couldn't even spend a couple of days like that.  That dependence on others doesn't sound healthy, since its more than just interdependence which natural. -Lon

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11 Ways Finland's Education System Shows Us that "Less is More".

11 Ways Finland's Education System Shows Us that "Less is More". | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons.  I expect...

Via OurCatDinah
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Gee, there is a lot of common sense in this article.  Makes me ask the question:  "What are we doing when it comes to educating our young?"  -Lon

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How do early relationships shape our brains?

How do early relationships shape our brains? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
As infants, we develop best in an environment of love and fun.
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The next revolution in health care? Empathy | Paul Rosen | TEDx

The next revolution in health care? Empathy | Paul Rosen | TEDxWilmington

Via Edwin Rutsch
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This concept used to be called "bedside manners" and he has a good point that medical professionals should "return" to it.  The same applies to education.  Teachers try, but it is very hard in the system we have built over the last century. to truly have that empathy based on real understanding of each student. -Lon

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Why are preschoolers taking antipsychotic drugs?

Why are preschoolers taking antipsychotic drugs? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A small number of preschool children on Medicaid are taking psychotropic drugs—for ADHD or depression—despite limited evidence they're safe for young kids.

Via Penrith Farms
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When we are talking about a little over 1% of children in the US below the age of 4 taking psychotropic drugs, that is talking about a whole lot of children.  -Lon

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American Teens Are Stressed and Bored. It’s Time to Talk About Feelings

The kids are not alright...  A growing body of research highlights the importance of how kids feel and how they manage those feelings, or not. Emotions drive attention, learning, memory, and decision-making. They affect relationships and psychological well-being. Learning to handle emotions well is especially important in adolescence, a time when neural networks are being sculpted that will influence behavior patterns for life.

Lon Woodbury's insight:

The predecessor of therapeutic boarding schools were called "emotional-growth schools" and they were successful for exactly the problems explained in this article. -Lon 

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The criminalization of childhood (continued)

The criminalization of childhood (continued) | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

And so the incarceral state continues to bully its way into childhood, parenthood, and family life . . .


Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

We already have one of the highest percentage of our population in jail  throughout the world.  Looks like this percentage might increase as dumb acts, or acts by parents that might be considered risky by a risk averse society, by kids are becoming more criminalized.  Not only can this act by government rip families apart and ruin young lives, but the ripple effect is greater.  I've talked with several therapists around the country who tell me of parents that are afraid of disciplining their children because the child threatens to  report them to the Childrens Protective Service. :(  -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 14, 12:36 PM

I have to agree with this article.  Kids make mistakes and we are making them pay for it the rest of their lives.  As the article states we made mistakes when we were kids, we just didn't have the internet and social media to let everyone know.