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How To Tell If Your Child’s Educational Needs Are Being Met At School

As a new school year begins, your child will most likely have a new teacher. With a new teacher comes a new opportunity for your child to learn the academic and personal skills important for school - and beyond. From an educational psychology perspective, there are lots of ways teachers greatly influence children’s outcomes. These [...]

Have Computers Really Helped Educational Outcomes?

Pixabay Images Recently a primary school in Brisbane informed its Prep (Foundation) parents that all of its students would be required to have an iPad for school and this would be done at the parent’s expense. Needless to say this raised much discussion and debate. As part of this discussion I found myself [...]

Are Teachers Equipped To Deal With The Ills Of Society?

Flickr Images A teacher’s role has always been much more than simply imparting the fundamental skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. In any one day a teacher might also play the role of counsellor, friend, mediator, life coach, guardian or confidant. Working directly with our future generations of adults, society places a large [...]

Junk Science Driving Public Misperceptions

Pixabay Images Have you heard about the latest study? Coffee fights cancer. Pizza and French fries are addictive like crack. Midnight snacks hamper our ability to retain memories. Actually, what’s really bad for our brains is all the junk science being reported as gospel. According to Pew Research, “79 percent of scientists believe [...]

It’s Not Just College Students. Higher Education Itself Is Experiencing A Mental Health Crisis

Pixabay Images Graduation: classically peppered by parties, gifts, and champagne toasts to the happy memories of university life. Not all the seniors donning their caps and gowns during this year’s commencement season will be leaving behind four years of joy and wonder, however. Far from it. For tens of thousands, the college experience [...]

How An Ancient Art Form Is Helping Students With Digital Citizenship

The origin of the ancient art form theatre first appears in the 3rd century BC and was used in festivals that honoured the Greek god Dionysus. Digital citizenship, on the other hand, was only established during the 1990's technology boom, as a way to help structure what was considered appropriate and inappropriate use of technology. [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How Kids Learn Resilience

Gillian Laub / Getty Images Here’s the problem: For all our talk about noncognitive skills, nobody has yet found a reliable way to teach kids to be grittier or more resilient. And it has become clear, at the same time, that the educators who are best able to engender noncognitive abilities in their [...]

Islamic State Launches App For Children Based On Weapon Vocabulary

The Islamic State app for children uses weapons pictures to teach vocabulary. Photo: Long War Journal Islamic State has launched an app aimed at children, teaching them letters of the Arabic alphabet using colourful pictures of guns, swords, tanks, bullets and missiles. The Android app named Huroof - the Arabic word for alphabet - was [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Eating Disorders: The Role Of Family And Friends

Family and friends play a crucial role in the care, support and recovery of someone with an eating disorder. The effects of an eating disorder are often felt not only by the person experiencing it, but also their family and support network. Carers may face considerable personal strain through feelings of confusion, distress, guilt, exhaustion and anxiety. For this reason, it is important that carers look after their own wellbeing whilst [...]

Secrets To Our Children’s Academic Success

Photo credit: Steven Yeh Did you know that if you want your children to succeed at school, simply telling them about your high expectations can have a positive impact on their academic achievement? Students who achieve highly generally come from homes where parents expect that their children will “get off their butts, work hard, and do well at school.” [...]