Summer is here, which means school's out for children and the outside world is beckoning them to get out and play. Watching your children or grandchildren run and play outside is always a treat and takes us back to a time when we had that much energy at our disposal. Of course, not every summer day is filled with blue skies and sunshine. Sometimes rain, storms, or oppressive heat can force children back inside for the whole day.
You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success.
Connection goes a long way toward dissolving barriers created by judgment and attitude in every conceivable situation, whether it be in the classroom, home, workplace or busy highways and byways of our lives. Please take just a couple of minutes to enjoy this compelling video.
Schools nationwide are finding new ways to encourage positive behavior in the classroom, on the playground and in the hallways. Their secret: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS works because it helps students understand what is expected of them, gives teachers a framework for acknowledgement and consequences and enables administrators to use data –rather than gut reactions – to make decisions about discipline.
The Developmental Assets® are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.
We know that one of the ways to help children learn is to ensure that they are properly fed. That is why we need nutrition and health programs that support a readiness to learn.