Posts tagged ‘Adolescents’

Benefits of later start times for teens

On April 14, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine released a position statement that  delaying middle school, high school start times is beneficial to students

“Data show that later start times provide adolescents the opportunity to get sufficient sleep on school nights, which optimizes daytime alertness, reduces tardiness and improves school attendance. A later school start time supports peak academic performance, more opportunities for learning, better mental health, and enhanced driving safety.”

Check it out! Rowan

April 27, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Social media may help teens cope with mental health issues

On October 4, 2016 the Media Smarts Blog has released a item by Dr Sameer Hindujar titled How Social Media helps Teens cope with Anxiety, Depression, and Self Harm.

From the blog: “Thankfully, many young persons have found the support they need in various online communities, and it is helping them find the healing, strength, friendship, and love they are longing for. Below, I explore some of the major Internet-based venues in which we are seeing these positives – outside of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – which teens have been using to make to make kindness go viral. I’ve also tried to provide some examples in screenshots of how individuals are helping each other through their words and actions.”

Check it out! Rowan


October 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

EduGains new doc: Student Achievement Literacy Planning Resource

Newly released from EduGains,  Adolescent Literacy:

The Student Achievement Literacy Planning Resource (2016) is a tool that supports the collaborative efforts SSLs, system and school leaders and teams to plan for and implement deep, precise and targeted actions that support literacy instruction and achievement.  This resource consolidates effective practices from Ontario boards, schools and classrooms for identifying and addressing the needs of students facing literacy challenges.

Effective literacy practices in this resource are organized under three headings:

  1. Literacy leadership
  2. Collaborative professional learning
  3. Supports for students

The document is a bit hidden – you gotta know where it is:  Click on < Resource Collection by Topic / Improvement Planning > in the left menu under System Leader on the Literacy K-12 site.

Check it out! Rowan




September 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Adolescent Literacy Guide 2016 revised edition available

EduGains Literacy has released a revised 2016 edition of the Adolescent Literacy Guide and in addition, an online professional learning module (parts 1 and 2) is now available to support self-directed professional learning about Adolescent Literacy.

Check it out! Rowan





September 14, 2016 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Mental Health of Ontario Students

The Center for Addiction and Mental Health has released a report titled the Mental Health and Well-Being of Ontario Students 1991-2015. Recent trends show an increase in adolescent psychological distress especially among girls.

Selected from their news release :

  • More than one in three – an estimated 328,000 — Ontario students in grades seven to 12 report moderate-to-serious psychological distress;
  • We were also surprised to see this number increase to 34 per cent in 2015 from 24 per cent in 2013;
  • Our research indicates that the later teen years into the twenties is the peak period of stress for many people;
  • The percentage of students who are screen-time sedentary has increased from 57 per cent since 2009, the first year of monitoring this behaviour;
  • Problem video gaming is especially prevalent among boys in this age group, with 20 per cent reporting problematic symptoms compared with 5 per cent of girls.

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August 5, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Article on the teenage brain

Educational Leadership October 2015 is a theme issue devoted to emotionally healthy kids and one of those articles is titled Secrets of the Teenage Brain based on conversation with F.E.Jensen.  This article may be read for free on the ASCD website. Here are some key points made by Jensen:

  • And what does the frontal lobe do? It’s our seat of executive function, judgment, empathy, insight, and impulse control. One of the interesting challenges teenagers have is that they aren’t able to access their frontal lobe for instant decision making the way that adults can. (p. 18)
  • Another reason adolescence can be a vulnerable time is that the teenage brain is highly impressionable and excitable because it has so many synapses, and synapses grow by being excited and turned on. (p. 18)
  • This combination of excitable synapses and sluggish connection to their judgment centers in the frontal cortex, combined with hormones, makes adolescents highly emotional.(p. 19)
  • An interesting thing for educators to know is that some mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, tend to blossom in the mid to late teens and early 20s.(p. 19)
  • Anxiety and related disorders like anorexia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and other social phobias are prevalent in this age window.(p. 19)
  • I think sleep deprivation plays a role. Sleep is crucial to mental health—especially for teens, whose brains are so active. Teenagers’ biological clocks are typically geared to fall asleep late and get up late.(p. 19)
  • One discovery in the field, for instance, is that your IQ can change during your teen years.(p. 20)

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November 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

MediaSmarts: Respecting Yourself and Others Online Workshop

Also rom MediaSmarts:

Respecting Yourself and Others Online Workshop guide

The Respecting Yourself and Others Online workshop was created to provide tweens and young teens with strategies and knowledge that will help them respect themselves, respect others and respect the space when using social media.

Through a series of activities and presentations, participants will develop critical thinking skills and strategies, grounded in the best practices of digital citizenship and digital literacy, to minimize the risk of negative experiences and to maximize the positive opportunities of social media. The workshop also gives teens an opportunity to be leaders through peer-led activities.

The workshop is designed to be presented in a classroom, school, or community setting, as a stand-alone event or as a companion to The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids workshop for parents.

It comprises a slide show and a guide for adult and youth facilitators.

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November 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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