This week's Take5 is all about a topic that we spend a lot of time focusing on as middle school educators: TEENS. We talk screen time, cell phones, overall struggles that teens experience and ways schools can help. Then we end with an uplifting story about students who set out to build something real -- a sailboat -- and summer reading list for middle schoolers (and students of all ages).
In his column, Hey, kid! Get on the computer to do your homework! Now, get off. Jay Matthews, discusses the fine (and sometimes impossible) line parents must walk if they want to keep a lid on screen time but also raise kids with tech skills.
This article, There's a Cell Phone in your Student's Head, really resonated with me as a mom of a soon to be middle school student who will soon have a phone and as a teacher who has experienced the distractibility of students caused by cell phones. There is a lot to unpack.
The Teens Are Not Alright lends voice to the many struggles teens are facing in 2019 and more importantly, it lays out ways that schools can help.
This story of student problem solving and collaboration made my heart smile. How Middle Schoolers Built 'Pizza Sail' (Hint: Without Their Phones). Is there something like this that students in your life could create? And how could you help them get there?
On a lighter note, here are some summer reading recs from Brightly. Check out these books for middle years. Looking for recs for kids of all ages? This is the place for you.
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