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October 7th, 2016

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Elementary and high school students build Maze Runner-like challenge for Sphero. Naper Elementary School students could be the envy of their peers when it comes to a labyrinth for testing their robotic skills.

Elementary and high school students build Maze Runner-like challenge for Sphero

With technical assistance from Naperville North High School, Naper fourth-graders will be rolling robotic Sphero balls through what one elementary student likened to the always-changing maze in “Maze Runner,” a literary reference that brought a smile to the face of Ryan Shambo, Naper’s learning commons director and lead teacher.

The collaboration between the two schools started after Shambo had trouble finding a maze to complement the school’s technology. Like many local elementary schools, Naperville acquired the robotic balls to teach the basic concepts of computer coding. Shambo said students need some type of maze to apply those skills, but a search of the internet revealed little for him to purchase. Most of the suggestions called on teachers to tape off a section of the floor or create mazes using blocks, textbooks or other classroom objects. Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying.

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society.

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness. As minds and bodies grow, it’s abundantly clear that children require a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals. Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility. Photo It’s hard to see a child unhappy.

Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility

Whether a child is crying over the death of a pet or the popping of a balloon, our instinct is to make it better, fast. That’s where too many parents get it wrong, says the psychologist Susan David, author of the book “Emotional Agility.” Helping a child feel happy again may offer immediate relief for parent and child, but it doesn’t help a child in the long term. “How children navigate their emotional world is critical to lifelong success,” she said.

Unleashing the Power of Positivity in Your School. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S.

Unleashing the Power of Positivity in Your School

Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. A positive community of educators within a school has a powerful effect on the students who learn there. Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development. "Here they come," the teacher tells me with a weary smile.

Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development

The children are on their way back from recess. Excited voices echo from down the hallway. I've decided to volunteer at my daughter's elementary school for the afternoon. Eager to see her smiling face, I intently watch the door as the children enter. Teachers Tell Individual Students How Special They Are, Tears Ensue. Get the tissues ready because this emotional video between teachers and their students at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Missouri, will get the waterworks flowing.

Teachers Tell Individual Students How Special They Are, Tears Ensue

Jamie McSparin, a teacher in charge of the school’s academy program for at-risk sophomore and juniors, posed a challenge for her fellow teachers: tell an individual student that they are important and appreciated. The results were powerful.