Don’t Fear the New School Year, Embrace it!

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by Katherine Reilly

Each year, September is literally a time which stresses teachers, parents and students alike, as it is the beginning of a new period in their lives in which all aforementioned parties must adjust to their newly assigned daily routines. Those lazy summer mornings are now a thing of the past; families try to keep up with their schedules, teachers are still trying to learn all their kids’ names and above all, everyone has to play their part for a productive school year to come to fruition.

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A Beautiful Message by Claire Wineland

R.I.P. Claire Wineland

Cystic fibrosis activist reveals the most important lesson she learned while living her life in a hospital room. Her powerful speech urges you to transform the way you think to live the life you never thought you deserved.

Kids Need Play and Recess – Their Mental Health May Depend on It

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Today’s guest post is written by Michael J. Hynes, E.D., Superintendent of Schools for the Patchogue-Medford School District (Long Island, NY). 

As superintendents, principals and teachers plan for the upcoming school year, one thing is certain: We are serving a generation of children who are more anxious, depressed and suicidal than any generation before. A recent NPR Education Series broadcast states, “Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year.”

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http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2018/08/the_existential_mental_health_crisis_in_k-12_education_the_need_for_play_and_recess.html

Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that.

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There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. Researchers have tied stressful events such as divorces, deportations, neglect, sexual abuse and gun violence to behavioral problems, lower math and reading scores, and poor health. The latest research, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, finds that children who endure severe stress are more likely to suffer heart attacks and mental health disorders.

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https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/chicago/2018/08/01/trauma-can-make-it-hard-for-kids-to-learn-heres-how-teachers-learn-to-deal-with-that/

By Adeshina Emmanuel

The Secret Life of a Homeschooler

This is a post for my kids from summer class. Before our lessons came to an end, they worked on a project that had to do with the topic of homeschooling. Most of my students expanded on the issue and were mostly negative towards it, citing the drawbacks that came from this educational approach. Here, however, we can examine another point of view…

Should My Child Study During Summer Vacation?

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by Katherine Reilly

A few days ago, I finished teaching my summer class and with great delight, proclaimed my school year officially over. The first thoughts that ran through my head were to go to the beach, relax and do nothing. However, I find myself systematically working on new projects while in turn, my students’ parents asked my advice on how to handle their kids during summer. “How much should they study each day?”, “Should they revise or learn something new?” were some of the questions asked before we parted ways for the summer.

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TED-Ed “Sharing & Inspiring”

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TED-Ed event “Sharing & Inspiring” (Sunday 10th June 2018)

It is with great pleasure, that I introduce you all to these wonderful students. These bright young minds, shared their ideas with the rest of the world, inspiring us all to become better. Well done everyone! You’ve made us very proud!

Below, you’ll find the links to their videos. Enjoy!

Martha, Evelyne H., George, Keida, Georgia, Evelyne S., Aggelos, Helena, Helen, Konstantina, Dimitra, Vaggelis, Anna, Aris, James

“Do we Need Goals in Life?” TED-Ed Speech by Keida Mihai

There is no greater joy than watching your student give a speech for TED-Ed. Congratulations!!! I’m so proud of you!

“Goals are an inseparable part of our lives since day one and it is a factor that makes us move on and gives life a meaning.”

Keida is the definition of ‘diligence’. A hard-working student in the last year of high school with aspirations to make the world a better place; Keida is an avid supporter of human rights, a passionate reader, and above all, a futurist with goals in her life.

How to Write an Essay

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by Katherine Reilly

Throughout your academic career, you will be called upon to write a formal assignment called an essay. An essay can have many forms or purposes; however, the basic structure is the same. Supporting a view, describing an event, finding a solution to a problem are only some of the formats we must tackle, but if we follow these simple rules, the essay will ‘write itself’ as we expand our ideas.

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Conquering the Job Market – “PR Skills… A Tool for Recognition or Exploitation?”

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by Katherine Reilly

How many times have you felt that your efforts at work were frowned upon, or simply disregarded, whereas, your coworkers always manage to be in the spotlight and in many cases rewarded for insignificant tasks? How often do you feel as if no one notices the hard effort you put into a project while the ‘popular’ ones reap the fruits of a new promotion, a salary raise or even approval? This is most often the case in many working environments today, as the ‘image’ one promotes, can most certainly affect the ones around us, and in many cases receive praise, even if he doesn’t deserve it. Public Relation (PR) Skills is, whether we like it or not, a necessary tool for survival in today’s frantic and most competitive job market. The question remains though… How should PR skills be used and to what capacity?

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