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Aug
27

Your emotions are contagious…. try to keep them from spreading -Guest Post by Amelie Doucent RVS Psychologist

I was recently part of a group of Rocky View staff who completed training using the Mandt System. On paper, the purpose of the Mandt System is to build healthy relationships, prevent and de-escalate conflicts and decrease aggression in our schools. One of the take-home messages during the training was that emotions are contagious. Some …

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Jun
24

Taking an Opportunity to Build Resilience- Helping Children Grow After a Natural Disaster

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Once children and youth are physically safe, another important fact to consider after a natural disaster such as a flood, is their emotional well-being. It is important for adults and children to recognize that natural disasters provoke a range of strong emotional reactions, and that these emotional reactions are normal and expected. Children and adults …

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May
16

Social-Emotional Learning- Friends for Life & Fun Friends

How To develop a safe and nurturing community, where we engage and challenge learners to think, to take risks, to collaborate and to become confident, independent, life long learners who contribute as resilient, caring, global-minded citizens. Or programming for Social-Emotional Learning using a Continuum of Supports. Or creating engaged, resilient, academically successful, collaborative 21st century …

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Apr
24

11 Highly Effective Teaching Principles in Reading- A Guest Post by Registered Psychologist Anne Glasgow

11 Highly Effective Teaching Principles in  Reading The following article is a summary of: Understanding, Assessing and Intervening on Reading Problems by Laurice M. Joseph. PHD..A NASP Publication Building on Schema and Prerequisite Skills Involves activating students’ prior knowledge to guide their learning and ease their way in reading new content and learning new skills. …

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Apr
16

Kids and Sexuality- A Guest Post by Amelie Doucet, Registered Psychologist

Many people believe that there is a dramatic sexual awakening during puberty.  Yes, hormones do surge and bodies will change during adolescence.  However, human sexuality is a gradual process that begins in childhood.  As children grow, their sexual knowledge and beliefs begin to develop long before they hit puberty.  The best way to handle sexuality …

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Apr
11

Sleep, Your Child and Learning

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Sleep is a vital function for life. Without adequate sleep, children learn less, are more accident prone, and more irritable. Inadequate sleep is also linked with lower immune functioning and higher rates of illness. Many school problems are related to inadequate amounts of high-quality sleep. Sleep is when learning is consolidated into long-term memory, so …

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Feb
23

Study Skills- Metacognitive Strategy Instruction

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 Deliberately teaching metacognitive skills, or “thinking about thinking” can enhance a child’s ability to learn in all subject areas. Metacognition refers to a level of thinking that involves active control over the process of thinking that is used in learning situations. Planning the way to approach a learning task, monitoring comprehension, and evaluating the progress …

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Dec
22

Parent Engagement and Difficult Conversations

Students, parents, and teachers benefit in multiple ways when parents are effectively engaged with their child’s schooling. However, some interactions between parents and educators can actually create more problems than they can solve. For example, a teacher seeking a parent’s help for a behaviour problem may not recognize the criticism implied when the teacher asks …

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Dec
22

Attention and the Classroom

Attention Difficulties in the Classroom Here’s a summary of Thomas and Grimes’ 1995 chapter on Attention Difficulties: Students with attention disorders without hyperactivity often fail to finish tasks, they are easily distracted, they have difficulty listening, concentrating, and organizing their work, they require supervision to accomplish tasks, and they frequently shift activities. Students with attention …

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