Not a Visual Learner, Just a Learner

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am a visual learner” proudly states one student. Another student replies, “I’m an auditory learner.” The process continues through the class as each student describes their “type” of learning style. There is something comfortable about classifying ourselves into a “type”. This happens socially starting in middle school where some students are “popular” and others might be “geeks”. It continues when we try to find…

Integrating Mindfulness Meditation into Classes

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This week’s episode focuses on integrating mindfulness meditation into a social studies curriculum in middle school. We are featuring a journal article this week titled A randomized controlled pilot trial of a classroom-based mindfulness meditation compared to an active control condition in sixth-grade children. The interest in mindfulness meditation and its’ benefits for school children has been gathering momentum. The authors of this study wanted…

Adult Outcomes of Being Bullied in School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on adult psychiatric outcomes of students who were bullies or victims during their school years. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Adult psychiatric outcomes of bullying and being bullied by peers in childhood and adolescence. The authors wanted to see if bullying or being bullied in school translated to having psychiatric problems as young adults. They used data from…

Encouraging Kids to Be Optimistic

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Everything that I do ends up being bad!” choked out the girl in between sobs. “There, there”, said her mother, “not everything was bad today.” “It was too! Bad things always happen to me”, sobbed the girl. Many parents have had a similar exchange with their children. Most of the time, children are resilient and bounce back quickly the next day. However, the tendency to…

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