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Teaching Peace in Elementary School

Teaching Peace in Elementary School
Photo FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience. Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools. In many communities, elementary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are embracing what is known as social and emotional learning, or S.E.L., a process through which people become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others. Feeling left out? Angry at your mom? “It’s not just about how you feel, but how are you going to solve a problem, whether it’s an academic problem or a peer problem or a relationship problem with a parent,” said Mark T. Studies have found that promoting emotional and social skills correlates with improved outcomes in students’ lives. Dr. “How does he really bother you?”

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking For English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom, speaking English in front of others — particularly native speakers — can cause tremendous anxiety. In fact, the dread of speaking can actually interfere with students’ ability to learn. Even with the most well-planned, immersive, real-world learning opportunities, the brains of students with high anxiety won’t be receptive to learning, according to Stephen Krashen’s “Affective Filter Hypothesis” (and the brain research that supports it). So how can we design speaking activities that don’t make our students’ hearts race and palms sweat? Digital storytelling can be an effective way for ELLs to practice speaking English without the stress of being “on stage.” Apps and tech tools allow students to practice in the comfort of their own home by themselves or with a caregiver.

Mental health service revamp welcomed Mental health professionals have declared their support for the federal government's mental health reforms, but many are waiting for further detail on how the new system will work. The government says the reforms focus on a number of concrete actions: Contestable mental health services will be commissioned, not delivered, through the recently established primary health networks.Coordinated packages of care will be created for people with severe and complex needs and flexible support for mild and moderate needs.A new digital mental health gateway will optimise the use of digital mental health services.A new approach to suicide prevention, co-ordinated by primary health networks. In a statement Australian Psychological Society executive director Lyn Littlefield said the proposed changes would "lead to a more integrated and coordinated approach" to mental health care.

Cambodia Initiative Monash SEED’s Cambodia Impact Trip is a grassroots project aimed at fostering financial literacy in Thnal Dach, a rural Cambodian village located 45 minutes from Siem Reap city. We aim to bridge the gap between villagers with limited financial literacy, and the loan products & services provided by Cambodian microfinance institutions. We do this by providing primary and high school students with financial education, in order to encourage informed monetary decisions in the future. The program involves Monash students reviewing and developing financial education programs that are implemented in 4-6 week impact trips to Thnal Dach village in January and July each year.

theconversation Announcing the federal government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s review of mental health services today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull emphasised the concept of patient choice. The commission’s review was the latest in a long line of reports showing that for many Australians needing mental health care, their current choice is between getting no care or getting poor care. The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found. (iStock) Ted Dintersmith is a highly successful venture capitalist and father of two who is devoting most of his time, energy and part of of his personal fortune to education-related initiatives that call for a radical remaking of what and how students learn. He organized, funded and produced the documentary “Most Likely To Succeed,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. He, along with co-author Tony Wagner, recently released a book titled “Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era.” And he is conducting a 50-state tour to encourage communities all over the country to re-think the purpose of school. By Ted Dintersmith

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Capital - This is the real reason new graduates can’t get hired For Catherine Nguyen-Cat, the struggle to find a job has been “mostly a confidence issue”. The University of Westminster graduate sent out more than 100 CVs to UK employers and has been called in for 16 interviews, including three group presentation exercises. Unfortunately, she said, she often was more reserved than other applicants and didn't make much of an impression. How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis : NPR Ed Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?