New research shows that our glymphatic system clears our brains of waste while we sleep. Lack of sleep not only impairs daily functioning and learning/memory; but this research suggests that it might also be behind the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Elementary school students should get between 10-12 hours of sleep a night, secondary students should get eight to nine hours, and adults should get seven to nine hours per night. Tips for getting adequate sleep include: shutting off all sources of screen time at least an hour before bedtime, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise, eating healthy foods and eliminating a sugary diet, and eliminating naps.
How Being Part of a “House” Within a School Helps Students Gain a Sense of BelongingAugust 16, 2018
By forming stronger bonds and connections, the house system implemented at schools has reduced bullying, suspensions, and disciplinary referrals. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Read the article here.
“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for EducatorsAugust 16, 2018
The second season of 13 Reason Why, a series involving youth suicide, has been released on Netflix. Although the new series has not been fully previewed, concerns have again been raised about the potential contagion of harmful behaviors depicted in the series. NASP has provided new guidelines with information and considerations for educators and families …
Before Referring a Gifted Child for ADD/ADHD EvaluationMarch 9, 2018
While gifted students can also have ADHD, many have behaviors that simply seem like ADHD as a result of being gifted. Here’s some information that can help distinguish between the two and, if referred for an evaluation, be sure to seek out a professional with knowledge of gifted traits. Click here for the full article.