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Why Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown.

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How Reading Aloud to Therapy Dogs Can Help Struggling Kids

By Juli Fraga
Two years ago, principal Diane Lau-Yee grew concerned when she saw how family tragedies were impacting her students at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
“Some of the students were acting out their feelings of confusion and anger by starting fights with their peers, while other children shut down and stopped participating in class,” says Lau-Yee.

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Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

Dr. Brené Brown has become famous for her speaking and writing about vulnerability, worthiness, shame and the other important emotions running underneath daily life all the time. One theme she returns to over and over is the importance of cultivating empathy, a very different reaction than sympathy.

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Two Puzzles to Stretch Students’ Logical Thinking

Riddles are a fun way to get students thinking logically and tackling problems that can seem overwhelming at first. In this TED-Ed riddle, students are put in the position of a famous mathematician who has been jailed by his king, but has a chance at freedom if he can figure out which of 12 seemingly identical coins has been counterfeited by a corrupt official.  The video sets up the conditions of the riddle at the beginning and the answer comes at 1:18.

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Designing School Recess To Helps Kids Learn, Play And Eat Healthy Foods

What’s the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?
Those are just a few of the issues in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess. The recommendations come from a group called SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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At Age 6, Girls Are Less Likely to Identify Females As ‘Really, Really Smart’

Girls in the first few years of elementary school are less likely than boys to say that their own gender is “really, really smart,” and less likely to opt into a game described as being for super-smart kids, research finds.
The study, which appears Thursday in Science, comes amid a push to figure out why women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. One line of research involves stereotypes, and how they might influence academic and career choices.

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The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

By NICHOLE DOBO, The Hechinger Report
By design, some students go through two years of kindergarten in Middletown, New York.

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Can Personalized Learning Flourish Within A Traditional System?

By SARAH GARLAND, The Hechinger Report
Can students learn about what they like, at their own pace, and still pass standardized tests at the end of each year? It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”

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Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

Excerpted from “Taking Shape: Activities to Develop Geometric and Spatial Thinking” by Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, and Zachary Hawes. Published by Pearson Canada Inc., 2016, pp. 13–16. Reprinted with permission by Pearson Canada Inc.

By Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, and Zachary Hawes

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Creative Ways To Manage Paperwork Load For Special Education Teachers

This time last year, Stephanie Johnson was miserable.
She was in her third year teaching special education at a junior high school in Lindon, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.
On the outside it looked like she was doing great. Her classes ran smoothly, students loved her, parents loved her, but like many special education teachers, inside she felt as though she was drowning.
She said she thought about leaving all the time: “I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just so much work. I just feel like I cannot do it.”

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