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Each week, we will be posting about pertinent articles on educational and school-related topics, how they relate to Engaging Minds students (and parents!), and how to apply this information to your child(ren). We will also be posting original content pertaining specifically to the Engaging Minds approach and philosophy with tips on how to improve and enhance your child(ren)’s learning experience.
 
Our hope for this blog is to make it a valuable resource for parents. To that end, if you read any interesting articles or have any suggestions for topics, please feel free to email Dan Levine at dan@engagingmindsonline.com. Also, please comment on posts in the section below with your own input, ideas, and experiences. While we can’t promise we will be able to use all of your suggestions, we would very much appreciate your contributions and thoughtfulness!

Breaking News: The Teen Stress Epidemic

In competitive western ideologies, stress is a way of life; long, tedious hours, especially in academic spheres, have become a dangerous norm. Under significant stress, teens risk their well-being to shoulder mounting pressures, endangering their physical and mental health. Even so, few people stress the impact of stress on teens, largely because of their youthful resilience and optimism. But, as more and more children and teens succumb to unhealthy levels of stress, it’s increasingly important to manage the problem at its source: in school and at home.

Most students look forward to their winter breaks throughout the entire fall semester. Winter vacation serves as the finish line after a long marathon of tests, projects, and papers. While school vacations should always be used to rest and recharge, there are many uses of break time than can be productive for students in the long-run. Using break to look ahead, set goals, get organized, or explore new ideas are just a few ways to make the most of days off. Consider the following tips and suggestions to have both productive and restful December break:

How to stay motivated and overcome mid-year stress and exhaustion

By this time in the school year, even the most resilient students feel the pressures of mounting responsibility and fatigue. December is a month of considerable stress for students as they gear up for exams, final papers, holidays, and more. As students look ahead toward winter break, many can’t help but slip into the holiday spirit just a little too early. Longing for rest, many students begin to “check out” weeks before vacation begins.

As the end of October approaches, so does the end of the marking period for many students. Grades close, final assignments get turned in, and students have fewer and fewer chances to raise their grade. While this can be a stressful time for many students, the transition between first and second marking periods provides an excellent opportunity for your child to practice skills he will need all year long. Beginning with the end in mind, or practicing “Backward Design” as explained in last week’s blog, can help students finish with strong grades and start their new quarter fresh and confident.

What if we told you that your child can and should begin studying for final exams the moment he sets foot in the classroom? What if we told you that acing a long-term assignment has, in some cases, little to do with that assignment at all? What if we told you that success has to do with day-in, day-out minutiae, not a giant mid-term grade, or an award-winning piece of writing?

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