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Do Mom and Dad know what’s good for their children online? - The Hechinger Report

Do Mom and Dad know what’s good for their children online? - The Hechinger Report | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Experts have been changing their opinion about screens, even for the littlest learners, who were once encouraged not to watch any screens whatsoever. In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its rules for how much time young children may safely spend with screens, such as TV and digital devices. They also stressed that the quality of the media is very important – an hour with a mindless game is not the same as an hour spent in a high-quality educational game.
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There is "evidence that the so-called digital natives might prefer blended learning methods, which mix technology and in-person interaction."
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Parenting teens is easy once you embrace being an embarrassment

Parenting teens is easy once you embrace being an embarrassment | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Everyone with teenagers please raise your free hand. And by "free" hand, I mean whichever hand isn't either guarding your wallet or refrigerator door. For parents without a free hand because you ar...
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I liked it so much, I reblogged it.

 

This is something that teachers and school guidance counselors might find useful. Kids are conflicted with the impulse to separate as individuals and clinging to their parents like the children they used to be. They also want to seem serious and knowledgeable, so being cool is a top priority.

 

As a teacher and administrator, I've been very embarrassing (often intentionally and for my own amusement) and have found that when I stopped doing some of my antics, the kids are disappointed. They love it (secretly). They like to complain about it to each other and they laugh but something about it is valued. I suspect it's because it tells them that I love my job and love playing with them (even when I'm telling them something they don't want to hear), but it's also genuine. They know the laugh is real. 

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Home Alone: What's the Right Age to Leave a Child?

Home Alone: What's the Right Age to Leave a Child? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Leaving a child alone at home is never an easy decision, particularly when it’s your first go-round. But at what point is it illegal?
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Just Like Burnout at Work, It’s Possible to Burn Out on Parenting

Just Like Burnout at Work, It’s Possible to Burn Out on Parenting | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
here in the United States, researchers are seeing a lot of the same patterns play out. Parents now work longer hours than previous generations, with less pay, in an environment that is notoriously incompatible with family life: In a 2013 analysis of world labor policies, researchers noted that the United States is one of only eight countries worldwide that doesn’t mandate paid leave to parents of newborns.
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Teachers who are also parents may also know this, but may need to know this when concerned about engaging parents in their children's educations. You may regularly hear the complaint about parent engagement, but this may be more of a class issue than previously thought. And for different reasons than the more judgmental reasons we usually assume. 
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Best Pieces of Parenting Advice

Best Pieces of Parenting Advice | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here are my 10 best pieces of parenting advice. Trust your gut. Always. Your gut is trying to talk to you. Listen to it. This is one thing I've learned a little late in the game, and I regret that.
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inevitably, a parent of a student in your classroom is going to ask you for parenting advice. Maybe you should hand this out. Keep many at the ready....or is this a bad idea.

 

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Back to School: Protecting Your Child from Identity Theft | NakedLaw

Back to School: Protecting Your Child from Identity Theft | NakedLaw | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
As kids go back to school, parents need to know the signs that child identity theft happened, and how to prevent it.
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