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March 2020

How to Use a School Closure to Surge Ahead Academically

By |2020-03-24T17:37:37+11:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Education|

The probability of school closures to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major challenge for senior school students. It is tempting to view this as an extended holiday with time for crashing out on the couch, watching squillions of episodes of Games of Thrones (again), spending endless hours messaging friends and consuming [...]

What my students taught me about reading: old books hold new insights for the digital generation

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Every year about 150 students enrol in the introductory English literature course at the Australian National University, which I teach. The course includes works by Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf and Dickens. I know what these books did for me as a student 20 years ago, but times have changed. I am curious to discover what reading [...]

10 tips to safeguard sleep in the anxious times of COVID-19

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |

With the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the recommendations by experts is social distancing and self-isolation when you experience symptoms. With the increase in travel restrictions and staying home, this is a good time to catch up on all the sleep lost as a result of our busy lifestyles. We spend a third [...]

Coronavirus lockdown is a dangerous time for victims of domestic abuse – here’s what you need to know

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Violence|Tags: , , , |

Emphasis is currently being placed on people to self-isolate from their places of work and leisure, posing the home as a place of relative safety during the coronavirus pandemic. However, there is growing concern about what impact this might have on those trapped in intimate relationships with people who use violence and abuse. For some [...]

How to talk to your children about coronavirus: top 10 questions answered

By |2020-03-23T13:30:04+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

Don't be afraid to talk to your kids about the pandemic. They need to hear from you. Professor Jennie Hudson, Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health, has advice that will help. Your children have definitely heard about coronavirus, and right now they are looking to the adults in their life for guidance. Importantly, [...]

What we don’t understand about young people’s motivations

By |2020-03-09T11:29:21+11:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Positive Psychology, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Young people are demanding change. In the last few days, young Indigenous activists and their supporters blocked parliamentarians in Victoria, B.C., from accessing the provincial legislature and led waves of protest across the country. For some young people, climate change is urgent. For others, gun violence is a crisis. From truth and reconciliation to inclusion [...]

Understanding emotions is nearly as important as IQ for students’ academic success

By |2020-03-09T11:28:05+11:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Social and Emotional Learning|Tags: , , , , , |

The ability to understand emotions contributes almost as much to students’ grades as their IQ. Past studies show two personal qualities are important for student academic success – intelligence and conscientiousness. IQ scores explain about 15% of the differences between students’ grades. Conscientiousness, such as having the diligence to do enough study, explains about 5%. [...]

February 2020

How to help young people, according to young people (and their Representative to the UN Kareem El-Ansary)

By |2020-03-09T11:28:05+11:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |

Kareem El-Ansary completed a marathon listening tour last year, visiting 56 locations from around Australia and conducting 233 consultations at a diverse range of organisations, from schools to non-profits to juvenile detention centres. The issues raised were as varied as the young people themselves, but one key message remained constant; supporting us better starts with [...]

5 ways to build a confident mindset in young people

By |2020-02-24T15:58:30+11:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Social and Emotional Learning|Tags: , , , |

How you think, effects how you feel which in turn leads how you behave. Developing a confident mindset where your thinking is constructive and hopeful, places you at an advantage in your childhood and right through to adulthood. Confident thinking and good social emotional literacy skills are crucial and provide the unwritten rules of getting [...]

Can new Snapchat features help troubled teens?

By |2020-02-21T10:49:25+11:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Mental Illness, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Snapchat has announced a new feature called “Here For You” that promises to “provide proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis”. The popular youth-oriented app is the latest to join a wave of social media platforms setting out to monitor and improve the well-being of their users. [...]