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Watch The Secret of Happy Children - an evening with Steve Biddulph Online | Vimeo On Demand on Vimeo. Behaviour management: Angry children. Children who battle with anger are constantly given bad advice by adults. Explanations of anger are never consistent, mostly concocted from shards of half truths, stuffed with confusing metaphors. Just ask the next five people you meet to explain anger to you and you soon realise why the most troubled children are confused.

For one teacher it is a firework with a variety of fuses, for another a five-stage cycle, for others a volcano, an iceberg or red mist. Many adults will go further in their amateur psychology and link blame to the anger: it is because of your ADHD, your dad leaving, or your energy drink consumption. We need to do better. Confusing chaotic children with inconsistency is never going to end well. Children deserve a consistent explanation of anger, one that all adults are able to give with confidence. Children need to be taught about what is happening when they feel anger. Let them depersonalise their anger, and see it as something they can and will control. When it Comes to Classroom Management it's all About You - Using Technology Better. Have you ever found yourself favouring a particular student, yet another just has the knack of getting on your nerves? When you reflect on the situation it’s not that the student is particularly rude or disobedient, but there is just something that frustrates you.

When it comes to classroom management a lot of the problems can stem from our personality and resulting personality clashes. In the previous two posts I have given you a couple of simple tests that help you to discover your predominant personality type. You can discover them HERE and HERE. What can you do when you have a personality clash in the classroom? Here are 3 strategies that will work for you: 1. 2. 3.

Now I know there will be teachers reading this thinking “yeah but you don’t know…” trust me there are times when a student will throw the above strategies back in your face – but I have found that in the vast majority of cases you can resolve the tension and move forward. I’m interested. 10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep. Parents know firsthand the impact a poor night's sleep has on kids. Lack of sleep can contribute to crankiness, problems with attention and learning, behavior issues, and even health problems such as obesity. Though the reasons for poor sleep vary, many parents worry that media and technology interfere with bedtime routines and sleep.

Studies on how media use affects kids' sleep aren't conclusive. But they do highlight certain behaviors that are associated with poor sleep. We've put together a list of tips for ways your family might manage tech use to help your kids (and you!) Sleep better. We hope you find something that works for you. Encourage physical activity instead of screen time after school. Keep devices off the bed. Try white-noise apps to calm babies and toddlers. Limit young kids' exposure to violent content. Keep TVs out of the bedroom.

Make the bedroom a "no-connection" zone. Minimize screen time right before bed. Introduce your kids to meditation or calming apps. Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou. Amy M. Azzam If there's someone who knows something about resilience, the theme of this month's issue of EL, it's Maya Angelou. When Dr. Angelou was three and her brother was five, their mother sent them alone by train from California to Arkansas, with tags on their arms that listed their destination. Can children learn resilience on their own? I'm not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. One of the reasons I wrote Mom & Me & Mom is that I wanted parents to look at themselves—fathers as well as mothers—and see what can happen when a child is loved, when a child feels, "My parents are on my side," that they're not just with the authorities, not just with the teacher or the principal or the judge.

You've written much about your mother. When I joined my mother at 13 after being away so long, I didn't really like her very much, I didn't understand her. When I went back to my mother's, she sang and danced and wore lipstick. She was the mother. So resilience is always a bouncing back. What Really Happens On A Teen Girl's iPhone. MILLBURN, N.J. -- Fourteen-year-old Casey Schwartz has ditched more social networking services than most people her parents’ age have joined. Like many of her friends, Casey has a tendency to embrace social media sites, then suddenly drop them. Skype, Formspring and WhatsApp: All three have suffered this fate. Casey still uses Snapchat, but less than she did last year, and in the span of three months, she's joined, quit, and rejoined Twitter.

She’s collected banished apps into a folder on her phone labeled “Stuff Nobody Likes.” And she’s thought about deleting her Facebook account because she checks it so frequently. “I’ll wake up in the morning and go on Facebook just … because,” Casey says. Inseparable from her iPhone, but apt to tire of the sites she uses it to access, Casey at once personifies why much of the technology world has become obsessed with capturing the attention of people her age, and why those efforts risk turning into expensive debacles. “I bring it everywhere. Risk of snapchat. Going from 'can't do' to 'can do' A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children. A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children by Susan Lucille Davis first appeared on First, let me thank you for entrusting me with teaching your children, honoring the amazing individuals they are, and helping them discover the confident and empowered young people they can be.

Providing a rich and engaging environment for your children to learn in is my utmost concern, but Iately I have had to acknowledge that the young people I see every day do much of the learning that is important to them when they leave the parking lot and head home from school. Thus, I am writing to solicit your help. For a long time, I have bemoaned how as teachers we have allowed a generation of students to explore the Wild West of the Internet largely without our guidance. I am happy to say that as educators, we are starting to catch up and tend to our students’ needs. Two Cautionary Tales Back in the early days of the Internet, I became a step-parent to two young girls. 1. 2. 3.

A Final Plea.