According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children and adults lie for similar reasons: for personal gain, to get out of trouble, to impress others, to protect someone (including themselves), to make people feel better ("of course I love you," "you look great in that dress"...), or to soften bad news.. They also note that at a young age, children experiment with the truth and this experimentation continues with increased sophistication and elaboration as their cognitive abilities continue to develop. When a child lies, it doesn't mean they're bad or delinquent - they're learning about social cues, social interactions and limit setting.
This post includes a description of HOW kids deal with loss or trauma, what some SYMPTOMS are when it becomes stressful, and HOW parents and teachers can help their children deal with loss. Additional resource links and prose and graphic novel reading suggestions are also included..
This week marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and while there already exists a plethora of sites dedicated to this American/World tragedy (some of which I will include below).
For our kids and students to fully comprehend the impact of the assassination and how it was reported, they also have to understand life as it was in the early 1960's. I hope this post empowers parents and teachers to do just that.
Do you know anyone who doesn't love those Minions?
But can you tell them apart...aside from one versus two eyes?
I love Despicable Me (both movies) and got a big kick out of the inforgraphic below designed by Collectibly at www.collectib.ly.com and found (at http://visual.ly/whos-who-minions). Hope you do too!!!! As this infographic is a bit wide for this post's format, feel free to check the link yourself.
"I have been writing a lot lately about graphic novels and visual literacy. I thought I'd take some time over the next few posts, to SHOW you parctical visual literacy applications: infographics. Infographics are being used more and more in media and education to visually and verbally relate information in a glimpse.
The infographics below are excellent examples of how engaging they can be. For more on infographics, please see Infographics 101: What you need to konw and where to find them.
This week I focus on the Geek within us.
I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you do too. I'm sorry to say I failed - it was all the tech stuff. How well will you do? Take the test and the plunge and share your comments when done."
Raising A Reader! answers the questions parents and educators bring to using comics: What skills do graphic novels offer kids? What resources are available for using graphic novels in education? How do you teach reading with a comics page? How can graphic novels create reading dialogues? And much more!
Please visit www.cbldf.org to download a copy of Raising A Reader, and be sure to stop by CBLDF booth #1920 at Comic-Con International to get your copy!
A 911 dispatcher has an unusual call when 4-year-old Johnny ran into problems with his math questions. The kid is insistent that he needs help and the thoughtful man obliges. However, watch what happens when the child's mother discovers the call.
Education like so many other things, is evolving and so it seems is the American Dream....
...To help young adults and their parents, many advocate cutting the classics -who needs them. They believe our kids need jobs so why waste a year or even a course choice? Why have student centers, sports complexes and programs? Just teach them what they need and let them go out and fly....
The dangers/pitfalls of this approach are discussed as are the alternatives.