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Increased Hours Online Correlate With Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts over the last several years among teens, especially among girls.

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Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help

During the vulnerable transition from childhood to young adulthood, many kids grapple with low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 20 percent of adolescents between the ages of 13-18 live with a mental health condition.

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Students Share The Downside Of Being Labeled ‘Gifted’

Many educators work hard to make students feel that the classroom is a place of learning, and that means making mistakes, rethinking strategies, and learning from setbacks. Based on Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindset, teachers encourage students to see their intelligence as something malleable, that changes and grows, not a fixed asset assigned at birth.

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Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype around the latest and greatest classroom tech, from video games to 3-D printers to Raspberry Pi kits to VR to AR and beyond. The reality is that kind of tech — expensive, bleeding-edge tools — makes headlines but doesn’t make it into many classrooms, especially the most needy ones. What does, however, is video.

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How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes

Most high school teachers are familiar with students who obsess over every missed point on an assignment. It’s annoying; and many teachers wish students were more focused on the process of learning and their own growth, instead of the final grade. But putting the process front and center can feel difficult in a results-oriented school.

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It’s Time For A Deeper Conversation About How Schools Use Technology

School leaders are bringing technology into classrooms more than ever before, often concerned that without access to the tools of the modern work world students will be unprepared when they leave school.

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4 Tools to Help Kids Develop Empathy and Cultural Humility

Humility is not necessarily about modesty or pretending to be less than you are. In fact, people who are humble often have a high sense of self-worth; it’s just that they can recognize their own strengths and limitations. Research about humility also suggests a strong connection between being humble and being generous.

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How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

The benefits of art in a child’s education are widespread. Art can help kids express themselves and understand the world around them. Art is usually a hands-on experience and fun. For low-income students, studies have found that kids who have more arts education in school see long-term benefits by both academic and social standards.

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One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact-Check Information

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?
1) Americans are drowning in a tsunami of ignorance! There is a conspiracy at the highest levels to replace all knowledge with propaganda and disinformation.
2) A recent Stanford University report found that more than 80 percent of middle schoolers didn’t understand that the phrase “sponsored content” meant “advertising.”

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When Coaching Teachers Has Curiosity As Its Primary Goal

How can school leaders push for innovation when every year 15 to 20 percent of the teaching staff turns over, along with a similar number of students? High turnover rates make it difficult to hold on to institutional knowledge, and even worse, the rationale for systems can become murky. Schools end up continuing practices they’ve always used out of inertia; the person who implemented an idea, and who can defend its importance, may have even left. These conditions make for a difficult environment in which to lead change.

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