Read about it here.
The Harvard "Making Caring Common" Project has brought together college admission stakeholders to try and focus on Caring as part of the admissions process. The goal is to find a way to take the focus off "long brag sheets" and more on showing concern for others.
Read about it here.
A recent study released a few months ago found that "kindness matters." The study followed 752 children from 1991-2010. It found that Kindergarten students who share, help others, and show empathy are more likely to have personal, educational, and career success as adults.
Jones, D.E. Greenberg, m and Crowley, M. (2015) - American Journal of Public Health
What does this mean for schools and for parents? Most research supports the idea that kindness can be taught.
Patty O'Grady, PhD has studied neuroscience and emotional learning in education says
Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.
Here is a place to start. Fourteen little ways to encourage kindness at home.
Most of the information I have read about teens and social media are written by adults. Below are some interesting posts by teens.
19 year old college student
Same college student responding to feedback from original post
A 13 year old's response to the above
A 13 year old talks about her two years of social media
Blog – A regularly updated webpage that is written in an informal style.
The term blog is relatively new, being coined in the late 1990s. Most early Blogs were online diaries by writers and journalists. The term Blog with a conjoining of the words “web” and “log.” (From A Brief History of Weblogs).
Today, there are hundreds of thousands of blogs that cover just about any topic you can think of (and some you probably could not even imagine). I could spend my days just reading blogs. Here are some of my favorites. Check them out, and see if you find some that become your favorites too.
Huffington Post – Some will argue this is not a blog but more of a news aggregator of liberal propaganda. Either way, if you like quick overviews of news with a liberal slant, this is a fun site to visit. (They also have specialty blogs like education, tech, and parents.)
2¢ Worth – This is my favorite educator blog. David Warlick just gets it. I have been in several of his workshops, had the privilege of being on a panel with him a few years ago, and have been reading his blog for years.
Robin’s Chicks – The author of Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Mom’s Tell Themselves – Funny and very identifiable!
Engadget and Gizmodo – Rumors, breaking news, and commentary on gadgets and gizmos of every kind.
Mind/Shift – A blog sponsored by KQED on how we learn.
Edutopia – The Educational Foundation founded by George Lucas (yes – the Star Wars guy). Innovative yet practical information and approaches to K-12 education.