It’s Daylight Savings, But Is Your Child Getting Any More Sleep?

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Category: Wellness

Each week at Green Ivy, we meet with students to help them develop their time management, organization and overall executive functioning skills. When they first start working with us, many assume that our focus will be entirely on studying efficiently for tests and completing homework, so they are surprised when we talk to them about … Continue reading

Managing College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Wellness

Now that the admissions season is in full swing here at Green Ivy, we thought it might be helpful to share some suggestions and strategies on managing what can easily become an overwhelming process. While most of what we offer here is aimed at students, there are some tips that parents might find helpful as … Continue reading

Reflection and Weekly Regroups: Crucial Components in Student Success

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Category: Crumpled Paper Book, NY Times articles, Wellness

I was recently working with a student who adopted Green Ivy’s organizational and time-management techniques, and has been using them with an inspiring level of success in the new school year. Instead of feeling confident and elated, his new organizational prowess (and related increased productivity and free time) made him feel nervous, because he had … Continue reading

Inspiring Empathy and Resilience in Children

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Category: Parenting, Wellness

There is no way to keep children from experiencing some of the hurt feelings, disappointment, frustration or failure that are a part of natural life. In fact, research has repeatedly shown that doing so can actually cause harm. At the same time, there are many ways of inspiring empathy and resilience in children by supporting … Continue reading

Social Media Wellness: Understanding the Intersection of School, Stress and Social Media

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Category: Wellness

Working with kids in today’s digital world has never been so complex, and keeping up with the latest social media trends can seem like a never-ending challenge. Today’s technology-infused learning environments play host to many distractions, including social media. Many teens and young adults typically use online tools to promote and maintain community, and with … Continue reading

Green Ivy’s Top Five Picks for Parental Control Apps

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

One of the biggest challenges of modern parenting today is monitoring and managing children’s screen time. Many households feel some level of tension around time spent behind a screen, whether it is concern over excessive hours spent on Instagram posts or online gaming. Parental control apps can be helpful in providing structure and safety. Some … Continue reading

Great Ways to Prevent the So-Called “Summer Slide” in Learning (Including Green Ivy Workshops!)

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Wellness

Research varies on exactly how much knowledge students lose over the summer months, and in what subjects the deficits occur—it has been shown that students from all income levels lose math skills, while lower income students show a greater amount of reading comprehension loss than their middle and upper income peers—however, there is compelling evidence that using … 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