The Power of Writing by Hand in the Age of Keyboards

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Category: Schools

There’s a big underlying debate in education on the importance of handwriting. Some educators feel teaching handwriting, especially cursive, is passé, a skill only to be focused on in a student’s first years of elementary school and abandoned for keyboard learning in later years. Research suggests that would be a mistake, as there seems to be … Continue reading

Creative Ways to Limit Screentime This Summer

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Category: Schools, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Technology, Teens and technology

Summer is officially in full swing, which means more free time/screentime for everyone. Before your child settles into a Grey’s Anatomy binge watch on her phone, we wanted to offer up some creative ways of limiting your children’s time on electronics during the long hot days ahead. On the heels of seeing the documentary Screenagers, we … Continue reading

Developing “Grit”: A Focus on Social Emotional Learning

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Category: Education Articles, Schools, Wellness

In recent years, many schools have shifted their learning modules to incorporate and teach the principles of Social Emotional Learning, or SEL. In a NY Times piece on the process by Jessica Lahey, she notes, “In short, social emotional learning is what allows students to control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them … Continue reading

College Counseling Corner: Common Application OPEN for Rising Seniors

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Category: Back-to-School, College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Leadership, Miscellaneous, Schools

Many college applications are available through the Common Application, which opened up for 2015-16 submission on August 1. (You can access the Common Application here) The personal statement questions have changed from previous years, and while some counselors are concerned about how these changes can affect a student’s ability to write a thoughtful, reflective personal … Continue reading