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The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study tested 4,500 9-10-year-olds in its first released dataset. The ABCD study is the largest long-term study of brain development in U.S.
Early data from the study, analyzed by another group of researchers from the CHEO Research Institute’s Healthy Active Living and Obesity also showed that kids who spend less than two hours a day on screens, participated in 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity, and received nine to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep had higher cognitive abilities.Cognition was measured by language abilities, episodic memory, executive function, attention, working memory, and processing speed.
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At Your Wits’ End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This
Anya Kamenetz and Chloee Weiner Jun 30
The relationship between teens, screens and mental health is complex and multidirectional
Abby’s mom has sent her articles about research linking teen depression and suicide to screen use. A 2017 article in The Atlantic magazine — “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” — drew a link between negative trends in teens’ mental health and the rise of smartphones and social media.
The negative relationship between teens’ mental health and technology use is real — but tiny, the researchers found. “A teenager’s technology use can only predict less than 1% of variation in well-being. It’s so small that it’s surpassed by whether a teenager wears glasses to school.”
How to strike a balance? To start, try mentoring, not monitoring
Heitner’s work emphasizes a concept that’s also put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its guidelines for parents: media mentoring.
Look for the good in your kids’ media interests
For Benji, Minecraft is a social space where he plays with other kids and pulls pranks. He says he wishes his parents understood more about his screen use — “why it’s entertaining and why we want to do it. And also, for YouTube, why I watch other people playing games. When you watch sports, you’re watching another person playing a game! Why is it so different when you’re watching a person play a video game?”
Work together as a family to make changes.
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researchers from Penn State say can be as stress-inducing as an emergency room. Teachers enter such an an environment every day, which sometimes feels like life-or-death.
nonprofit program Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
half of the students in schools across America have experienced some form of trauma, violence or chronic stress.
After collecting data on those educators’ well-being, observations of classrooms and student behavioral reports over the course of a year, we found that teachers who received emotional regulation training were more emotionally supportive, demonstrated greater sensitivity to student needs, and provided more positive and productive classroom environments. Furthermore, when assessing teachers’ stress levels, those teachers noted considerably less distress, and an improved ability to manage their emotions.
In the face of stressful situations, I instead used techniques like deep breathing and mindful walking to calm my body and mind, gaining that heightened self-awareness to thoughtfully respond to the issue at hand.
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End of Year Burnout: How to Finish the Marathon in Stride
Four tips for how to keep going strong all the way to the end of the year.
By Maurice J. Elias May 20, 2014
Cary Cherniss, whose book Beyond Burnout
1. Reconnect your kids and with your kids: Not your students—your kids.
2. Share your interests: Talk to them about things that interest you.
3. Talk about the summer
4. Engage and encourage their aspirations and dreams
Ready to quit? Practical advice for when burnout takes hold
By: Lauren Hamby
Five Ways to Fight Burnout at Work
1. Remember your purpose.
2. Be intentional about who you spend time with.
3. Ask for help if you need it.
4. Be a lifelong learner.
5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout
1. Bust Teacher Burnout with a Mental Health Day
2. Better Boundaries Help Stop Teacher Burnout
3. Be Realistic to Avoid Burnout
4. Practice Good Mental Health Habits Daily
5. Be Aware of Your Stress and Stop It Fast
10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout
STEP #1) HAVE FUN DAILY WITH YOUR STUDENTS
STEP #2) TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH
STEP #3) LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR STUDENTS
STEP #4) HELP ANOTHER TEACHER
STEP #5) MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY
STEP #6) LIGHTEN UP
STEP #7) BE A SCIENTIST
STEP #8) LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE
STEP #9) REDECORATE
STEP #10) TRUST STUDENTS MORE
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Mental health of college students and Lee’s new book: “Delivering College Mental Health”
Join Bryan Alexander and Lee Keyes, executive director, Counseling Center at the University of Alabama, and author of Delivering Effective College Mental Health Services for an engaging live discussion on the future of mental health in higher education.
Bryan plans to ask Lee about unfolding trends in college student mental health and his thoughts around the rise in anxiety and stress. We will explore how universities are changing their approaches to student mental health and what roles technology may play in harming or helping psychological well-being.
What questions or thoughts do you have? Join and take part in the discussion!
My notes from the webinar:
Lee about “Mobile First” – like First Aid. Often by text and email. after Bryan asked how Adjuncts can deal with such situations, if
Counseling Centers need those additions.
Mobile First apps.
most crisis situations are a form of panic. if addressed quickly, one can prevent growing and turning into a major episode.
mindfulness can be different for the different type of issues of students.
libraries as the campus community center.
can be done on
conflation of immaturity and irresponsibility with stress and panic. Latter might be expressed in a way it is immature, but one has to meet them where they are, not judgement and denial, which will make it worse. Tough love will not help. Upholding classroom expectations and rules, but can be supportive at the same time. When pressed by time
Daniel Stanford De Paul. Cohort fundamentals of good teaching. instead of “fail safely”
academic hazing hasn’t changed since medieval time. the trauma instructors starts their career with.