National School Psychologist Awareness Week 2015 will be celebrated from November 9-13, 2015, to focus public attention on the important role of school psychologists in promoting school and life success for students. School psychologists work with students and teachers every day to promote wellness and resilience, reinforce communication and social skills, and increase achievement academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
Political commentary video on recent comments made by Jeb Bush.
The internet, cell phones, and modern communication technology is a new area of learning for us parents. Especially, as it applies to our kids and their use of it communicating with others. What is your stance on monitoring, educating, and setting boundaries with these technologies in your family?
A great resource that I have use as a tool to help filter and understand this topic of teaching technology safety has been Common Sense Media.
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
The Parent Concern page on Common Sense Media really helped me understand how to get to answers for our family. Similarly the Advice page is informative as well.
For educators they offer a Digital Citizenship curriculum for K-12. Also content in Spanish.
Cell Phone Video
Set some ground rules with a Family Media contract.
Teen/ Tween Quiz and Games to educate on Digital literacy, Inappropriate content, Online privacy, Online predators, Cyberbullying. Estimated running time: 20 minutes.
Digital Compass is the only educational game that gives kids the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can impact their relationships and future.
Super Duper Article-Teaching Children Internet Safety by Becky L. Spivey, M.Ed
Technology is not ruining our kids. Parents (and their technology) are ruining them
All parents want their kids to experience social success. Here are some strategies to help instill good social skills in your children.
Milestones are important to reflect upon because you have to know first what is age appropriate.
Social Skills Milestones
- smiles spontaneously
- responds differently to strangers than to familiar people
- pays attention to own name
- responds to no
- copies simple actions of others
Between ages one and two:
- recognizes self in mirror or picture
- refers to self by name
- plays by self; initiates own play
- imitates adult behaviors in play
- helps put things away
Between ages two and three:
- plays near other children
- watches other children; joins briefly in their play
- defends own possessions
- begins to play house
- symbolically uses objects, self in play
- participates in simple group activity
- knows gender identity
Between ages three and four:
- joins in play with other children; begins to interact
- shares toys; takes turns with assistance
- begins dramatic play, acting out whole scenes
Between ages four and five:
- plays and interacts with other children
- dramatic play is closer to reality, with attention paid to detail, time, and space
- plays dress-up
- shows interest in exploring sex differences
Between ages five and six:
- chooses own friends
- plays simple table games
- plays competitive games
- engages in cooperative play with other children involving group decisions, role assignments, fair play
Learning Disabilities Association of America (1999)
Improving Kids’ Social Skills
Parents Help to Encourage Social Success at Home, Too!
Social Skills for Children with ADHD
Great examples: Parents Promoting Emotional and Social Competence in Young Children
101 ways to teach social skills
Developing Social Emotional Intelligence in teens (13-18)
PBIS world resources
Social Skills e-book
“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
I am so lucky to work with fantastic, caring, and dedicated teachers! Here are a few videos that can give a parallel peek into what I see in my schools. Thank an old teacher that inspired you.
I opened my email today and saw an article that said, “Bite your lip today”. As I read further it went on to say don’t say anything negative today. I like to think that I am positive (most days), but I like the idea of hanging on to noticing the content of what I say and do. So for today I will definitely be taking inventory of my positive out put.
Modeling this behavior is important for kids to see especially at school. I know at home with my own kids when visiting the beach or park we try to pick up some trash while we are there to keep it a little cleaner than we found it. I think the same concept should be played out with the people we interact with as much as possible.
A popular book in school is “How to fill your bucket”. Many schools have adopted this metaphor for being a good citizen. Below is a kid friendly reading of the book.
After reading the book here are some classroom ready materials to use.
Bucket Filler Resources
Great Scholastic Article
Free Teachers Pay Teachers link
The Ned Show Lesson Plan
Adult version of the bucket filling concept. I just put it on my reading list.
My Middle School just took on Project Based Learning. I am excited to see increased student engagement and physical projects that represent their current learning.
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Why Project BasedLearning (PBL)?
Project Based Learning’s time has come. The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn – and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life. Why are so many educators across the United States and around the world interested in this teaching method? The answer is a combination of timeless reasons and recent developments.
- PBL makes school more engaging for students. Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be boring and meaningless. In PBL, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.
- PBL improves learning. After completing a project, students understand content more deeply, remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.
- PBL builds success skills for college, career, and life. In the 21st century workplace and in college, success requires more than basic knowledge and skills. In a project, students learn how to take initiative and responsibility, build their confidence, solve problems, work in teams, communicate ideas, and manage themselves more effectively.
- PBL helps address standards. The Common Core and other present-day standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills, and the development of success skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, communication in a variety of media, and speaking and presentation skills. PBL is an effective way to meet these goals.
- PBL provides opportunities for students to use technology. Students are familiar with and enjoy using a variety of tech tools that are a perfect fit with PBL. With technology, teachers and students can not only find resources and information and create products, but also collaborate more effectively, and connect with experts, partners, and audiences around the world.
- PBL makes teaching more enjoyable and rewarding. Projects allow teachers to work more closely with active, engaged students doing high-quality, meaningful work, and in many cases to rediscover the joy of learning alongside their students.
- PBL connects students and schools with communities and the real world. Projects provide students with empowering opportunities to make a difference, by solving real problems and addressing real issues. Students learn how to interact with adults and organizations, are exposed to workplaces and adult jobs, and can develop career interests. Parents and community members can be involved in projects.
Source:Buck Institute for Education (BIE)
Good PBL article: Edutopia Article
45 Links To Great Project Based Learning