How “thinking about thinking” can help children in school and in life

In simple terms, metacognitive thinking teaches us about ourselves. According to Tamara Rosier, a learning coach who specializes in metacognitive techniques, thinking about our thinking creates a perspective that allows us to adapt and change to what the situation needs.

A simple example of metacognitive thinking (or reframing) is this:

“Math tests make me anxious.” This is a statement, a thought. Turning to metacognition, this train of thought evolves into “What about math tests make me anxious…and what can do I to change that?”

According to Rosier, children who are taught to think of themselves as being either “good” or “bad” at a particular task can end up with a fixed mindset that makes them passive in approaching a challenge relating to that task. However, teaching kids to become more metacognitive helps them develop a mindset that leaves more room for growth and adaptation, promoting self-awareness and resilience.

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Parents’ brains sync up when caring for children together

New research suggests parenthood helps couples tune into each other’s minds and emotional states.

  • Far from being a mental drain, parenthood seems to rewire gray matter for improved empathy and emotional regulation.
  • A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports found that couples who co-parent together display similar brain activity, suggesting they become greatly attuned to each other.
  • These findings suggest time spent parenting together improves care, coordination, and empathy.

When they say parenting changes you, what follows is typically a refrain of ways the wee one will break you. Consider “mommy brain,” the folk psychology that having a baby decays a woman’s mind to flighty, forgetful, scatterbrained mush.

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Meditação para crianças e seus benefícios para a vida

 

A meditação para crianças é uma técnica que auxilia os pequenos a lidarem com situações que promovam estresse, falta de paciência e desequilíbrios emocionais. Não se engane! Esses comportamentos não impactam apenas os adultos. Pais, educadores e estudiosos afirmam que as crianças também precisam de métodos que os ajudam a desenvolver resiliência.

Leia neste artigo como os treinos para lidar com situações que exijam autocontrole podem colaborar para o desenvolvimento na infância, como eles vêm crescendo nas escolas, os principais benefícios identificados e dicas de como aplicar.

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“PRESENCIÉ UN ASOMOBRO MARAVILLOSO” – NIÑOS EN AFGANISTÁN RECIBEN LOS PRIMEROS LIBROS

“Sé que los libros, especialmente los libros para niños, imparten sabiduría, expanden la imaginación, fomentan la empatía y la aceptación y además inspiran. Quiero dar uno de los primeros grandes pasos en Afganistán para sustituir la cultura de las armas y la violencia con la cultura de los libros, los cuentos y el aprendizaje.”

https://idriesshahfoundation.org/…/presencie-un-asombro-mar…




Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, mindfulness, and personal strength

Discover the simple techniques to help experience deeper joy, cheerful contentment, and long-term happiness

It’s often said that happiness is a choice: You can either choose to be happy or choose to be sad, stressed, or anxious.

But simply choosing happiness doesn’t always make it so. Many times, you can’t simply force a smile and make believe that everything is coming up roses.

Thankfully, there are much more effective ways, based squarely on research-proven Positive Psychology strategies and concrete techniques that can help you deal effectively with life’s challenges and attain long-term happiness.

That’s why the health experts at Harvard Medical School have created the all-new Positive Psychology Course — the exclusive interactive resource that helps you apply the same tools that are widely used by mental health professionals to help treat a variety of condition, from stress, anxiety and anger to coping with grief and loss.

Step-by-step, Harvard’s Positive Psychology Course will give you strategies to build happier, more positive lifestyle. Enroll today and you’ll discover how to…

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How metacognition, thinking about thinking, can help improve your life

Metacognition, thinking about how you think, has been shown to help students improve their grades. Stanford University researchers published a new study that outlines a 15-minute thinking hack that led to an average improvement of one third of a letter grade for the participants.

The research stems from the insight that while many resources are provided by educational institutions, students don’t always know how to use them effectively. Patricia Chen, a postdoctoral research fellow who led the study, hypothesized that if students were made more self-reflective about how they approach their studies and the available resources, they could do better.

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‘Loss of pleasure’ found in teen sleep study

Sleep patterns around the world have been disrupted as screen time increases and sleep routines change with COVID-19 self-isolation requirements. Negative mood is not unusual in adolescence, but lack of sleep can affect mental health, causing anhedonia (or loss of pleasure), anxiety, anger and significantly increasing the risk of depression, a global study of more than 350,000 teens shows.

Sleep patterns around the world have been disrupted as screen time increases and sleep routines change with COVID-19 self-isolation requirements.

Negative mood is not unusual in adolescence, but lack of sleep can affect mental health, causing anhedonia (or loss of pleasure), anxiety, anger and significantly increasing the risk of depression, a global study of more than 350,000 teens shows.

The results just published in Sleep Medicine Reviews connects less sleep with a 55% increased chance of mood deficits and double the risk of reduced positive mood.

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Looking for fun ideas to homeschool your kids or grandkids during lockdown? We have an idea for you!

The deadline for the ISF & UNESCO global storytelling competition has been extended to 31 May. And it’s now open to ALL 12- to 18-year-olds worldwide!

Write 250 to 500 words (in English or French) on the theme: “Once upon a time in my future…”

We need you to help spread the word! Share this post with your children, grandchildren, their friends, and teachers.

And remember the winners will have their stories published in a special hardcover edition as well as attend a ceremony at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

With so much of the world in lockdown, what better time to reflect on what might be?

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