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Wild Cat Costumes and Improv Theatre: Using Play Based Approaches to help struggling middle schoolers find success

Wild Cat Costumes and Improv Theatre: Using Play Based Approaches to help struggling middle schoolers find success | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Primary Therapist Derry O'Kane, MS, LPC, NCC discusses the benefits of using a play based approach for helping middle school aged students find success.
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Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

As tweens enter a period of rapid prefrontal cortex development, familiarize them with their growing executive function skills by teaching time management and organizing information.
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3 things that can help reduce conflict with your middle-schooler. - YouTube

David LePere, Executive Director for Cherokee Creek Boys School, gives helpful pointers on overcoming conflict for parents with boys in middle school. 

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Think about them.  They make a lot of sense. -Lon

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Anorexia's more insidious scourge

Anorexia's more insidious scourge | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
When John and Julie Armstrong's 12-year-old son, Jed, told them that he wanted to get fit in the summer of 2014, neither thought anything of it. A keen footballer, Jed designed a regime of exercise for himself -- sit-ups, push-ups, and squats -- and started to watch what he ate.
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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind Infographic

Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind Infographic | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

The middle school mind is…different.

As 13-year-old Logan LaPlante described in his Ted Talk Hack Schooling Makes Me Happy, “Neuroscientists say that the teenage brain is pretty weird: our prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, but we actually have more neurons than adults, which is why we can be so creative, and impulsive, and get bummed out.” Truer words were never spoken around this subject.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:11 PM

How different is the mind of a middle school learner? This infographic is divided into the following sections:

* Who are middle school students?

* How do they learn?

* How can you teach to reach them?

* How can we change that statistic?

There is also a white paper that you can receive a copy of (although you will need to provide your contact information). The white paper, Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind, will provide additional information.

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My Now What Moment: When Raising Your Tween Son Feels More Like an Encounter with Cujo

My Now What Moment: When Raising Your Tween Son Feels More Like an Encounter with Cujo | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

This afternoon was one of those incidents when being a mother to a hormonal tween was enough to make me want to jump off a cliff or, at the very least, eat a gallon of ice cream.

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This is for those with pre-teen sons who need a laugh and reminder they are not the only one going through this. :)  -Lon

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Number of toddlers taking ADHD stimulants shocks doctors

Number of toddlers taking ADHD stimulants shocks doctors | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
by Josiah M. Hesse - Thousands of the nation’s poorest children under the age of four are being prescribed stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall for ailments they’re too young to even have. A
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10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices

10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

"Last week the Huffington Post ran this article titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12. As an educator who advocates for the intentional and appropriate use of technology, I could go on about this forever. But instead I’m writing here as a mother.


Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well."


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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Apple’s leader limited his children’s screen time, and a surprising number of other technology executives do too.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 13, 2014 11:26 AM

This begs a question. Why the hard sell of digital technologies in public Schools? It contradicts what is happening in other settings i.e. Silicon Valley execs send children to Waldorf Schools.

 

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Teenage Sons's comment, November 20, 2014 7:11 PM
It's great to have a perspective on parenting from someone like Steve Jobs. It's important to set boundaries with technology and kids. Great article and great food for thought!
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Adult Implications of Childhood Maltreatment - Psychiatric Times

Adult Implications of Childhood Maltreatment - Psychiatric Times | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Adult Implications of Childhood Maltreatment Psychiatric Times One of the critical studies in evaluating the longitudinal impact of childhood maltreatment is the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.4 The study was designed to understand the...

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The middle school ‘cool kids’ are not alright

The middle school ‘cool kids’ are not alright | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Normal early teen shenanigans of middle school kids might spell trouble for their adult lives.
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The Tween Years: How to Survive as a Parent

The Tween Years:  How to Survive as a Parent | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities...
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Tweens, teens adept at hiding internet activities from parents, McAfee report reveals

Tweens, teens adept at hiding internet activities from parents, McAfee report reveals | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Most youngsters believe their parents are oblivious to their web activities, while some admit to making fake social media profiles and fudging browser histories to deceive tech-savvy ones, a new report shows.

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Why Mindful Self-Compassion for Struggling Teens?-Interview With Chesley Strowd

Why Mindful Self-Compassion for Struggling Teens?-Interview With Chesley Strowd | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

When we are told to "love our neighbors as ourselves," that suggests we should first love ourselves to be able to love others explained Chesley Strowd, Admissions Director for Academy at Sisters in Oregon. Listen to Chesley explain how this is being done at the Academy at Sisters....

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An important part of raising young people is learning to like themselves as well as have empathy with others.  These lessons are integral to the curriculum of this school, as it is all too often overlooked by other schools and parents. -Lon

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How generation Z is shaping digital technology

How generation Z is shaping digital technology | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
How generation Z is shaping digital technology

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The question is:  Is generation Z going to be known for mind-numbing lost in digital screens, or for fantastic creations based on digital technology?  Also, can extreme Cartesian Reductionism as represented in on-off switchs of computer code taken to the extreme still allow seeing the whole picture as represented by Jung's "The Wholel Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts." -Lon

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Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds

Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

According to a recent study, when children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they better understand the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted. But it isn't just about telling kids to do chores — it's teaching them how.



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Isn't it ironic that the things our society discards in order to emphasize academics (arts in school, free time, chores) seem to be the very things that seem to help children grow up to be successful in both life and academics, and the things that we emphasize are the things that turn children off of school and even learning. -Lon

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Jason Smith's curator insight, July 17, 2015 6:30 PM

Teaching responsibility, sounds like homework responsibility to me.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 22, 4:23 PM
When we take time and teach children, we spend time with them and help them grow. We model appropriate behaviour.
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Want to keep your new middle-schooler out of trouble? Then let them take risks

Want to keep your new middle-schooler out of trouble? Then let them take risks | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
You may think middle schoolers need more protection from the "bad" stuff. In fact, they need to be allowed to take some risks.
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This becomes the time when "control" becomes more subtle and parental judgment is really exercised. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 27, 2015 5:08 PM

The importance of your child taking risks.  Not only for them but for parents.

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The Importance of Early Adolescence

The Importance of Early Adolescence | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
As schools around the world prepare to celebrate Middle Level Education Month in March, we wish to bring you enduring words of wisdom from Dr. John Lounsbury, a middle level education advocate and founding member of the Association for Middle Level Education, previously National Middle School Association. The following is excerpted from his article “Understanding and Appreciating the Wonder Years.” Read more in future editions of AMLE Newsletter as we prepare for Middle Level...

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:52 PM

Powerful words about early adolescence

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» Cherokee Creek Boys School Blog Archive » Where Can I Get a “RESET” Button?

» Cherokee Creek Boys School Blog Archive » Where Can I Get a “RESET” Button? | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

I have often wondered if the availability of a reset button is one of the reasons middle school boys enjoy video games so much. Society pretty much expects boys, during this time of their still-developing prefrontal cortex, to mess

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10 smartphone rules for my 12-year-old

10 smartphone rules for my 12-year-old | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
My son knows he's getting a used iPhone for his 12th birthday. He's also getting a contract from his parents with rules, conditions and consequences - here's why.

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Parental control over smart phones is becoming a vital part of parenting. -Lon

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Why Handwriting is Important for Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Why Handwriting is Important for Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
The Why Handwriting is Important for Learning Infographic presents Handwriting facts about that show that Handwriting increases brain activity and retention

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5 days away from computer screens boosts preteens' social awareness

5 days away from computer screens boosts preteens' social awareness | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
What happens when you take about 50 sixth-graders and send them to a nature camp with no access to computers, tablets and mobile phones? A new study suggests that after just five days their ability to understand nonverbal social cues improves.
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Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development | Toronto Star

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development  | Toronto Star | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Even injury prevention experts warn against overprotecting kids
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Most preteens have hard time making friends: poll - Taipei Times

Most preteens have hard time making friends: poll - Taipei Times | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
A surprising 60.3 percent of preteens who took part in a recent survey said they have trouble making friends and do not know how to get along with others, a poll released on Monday that sheds light on the social habits of Taiwanese elementary and junior-high students showed.
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ADHD School for Boys: A learning environment where boys with ADD/ADHD can thrive…"

ADHD School for Boys: A learning environment where boys with ADD/ADHD can thrive…" | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Cherokee Creek Boys School is an ADHD boarding school where boys struggling with ADHD benefit from learning environments tailor-made for adolescent boys.
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