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eNews April 2016

Welcome to #MyEdOz!

These words were spoken for the first time last Thursday evening (14th) by our Community Connections Manager, Adam Somes, as he hosted the inaugural Adolescent Success twitter chat.

Devised by Adam (@AdamSomes) #MyEdOz is now the official hashtag of the Adolescent Success Twitter chat program. The first hour-long chat covered five questions and fielded conversation from over 40 tweeters, including a number of our American colleagues. For further information and to get involved in tonight's and future chats, check the advertisement below. We would love to see you in the twittersphere!

In the lead up to APCAS (see advert below) succeed will feature articles from the keynote speakers, to provide a taste of what you can expect to hear when you register to attend the conference in Singapore. In this edition we feature Andrew Lines, creator and director of The Rite Journey, who discusses rites of passage and questions whether we are doing all we can in this regard. 

Remember, feedback is always welcome. Please let us know how we can better serve you, our valued members. Hopefully we will hear from many of you tonight. 

Matt Atkinson - Vice President


The 'rite' way to raise adolescents

21st Century children are growing up in a world of risks and threats, one which even the adults of today struggle to comprehend and respond to. How do we as educators connect with and guide our adolescent students and help them develop the skills and values which will help them to become successful adults? The Rite Journey creator, Andrew Lines, explains why rites of passage matter in this modern age.

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Finding Failure Fun

Theatre Sports has been brought out of the realms of 'club' or 'extra-curricular' activity at the International School, Bangkok, as Michael Sharp attempts to provide avenues for students to develop confidence and resilience. Hear from Adolescent Success Executive Officer, Angela White, who recently attended a workshop in which Michael discussed the methods and motives for his class.

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Teach adolescents autonomy to lower anxiety, depression

Teacher support for autonomy changes students' lives for the better, according to a 2015 study. Further research also suggests it is a 'win-win' for both students and teachers. In fact, teachers who support and encourage autonomy set off a chain reaction of positive psychological effects that culminate in reduced anxiety and depression. 

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Teach girls bravery, not perfection

In this 12 minute TED talk, Reshma Saujani states that to truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, referring to the current trend towards teaching boys to be brave, but teaching girls to be 'perfect'. 

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Rethinking Innovation: 27 ways to inspire innovative thinking in students

What does innovation look like in your classroom? We constantly seek innovative practice examples at workshops/conferences etc that we can bring back to our schools, but is innovation measurable, reportable, or even attainable? The accompanying graphic shows 27 opportunities to innovate, even simple things like the use of particular verbs. Open the link and explore the ideas, and perhaps suggest a few of your own ideas on the forum.

Or, if you really are interested in current innovative practice, in leadership, well being and pedagogy, why not register for our 2nd Asia Pacific Conference for Adolescent Success (APCAS) which will be held in Singapore from the 10-11th September this year. See above for details.

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For teachers making a positive impact - growth mindsets

The old adage 'value the process more than the performance - then the performance will take care of itself' certainly holds true in most contexts. Contributing author, Luke McKenna, founder of Unleashing Personal Potential, discusses the impact teachers can have on studentsLuke is an educator and author who specialises in working with schools to build growth mindsets, resilience, wellbeing and leadership for all students. 

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Request for photos for the next journal

We would love to showcase your school/students in the June publication of the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling.

If you have any photos of your school, students or events which you'd like to submit please click here for the copyright release form.

This is a great way to showcase your school and students.

The deadline for articles for the June edition is the 25th April, so you still have time to include your school's news.

Many thanks for your support; it's shaping up to be a great publication!

Please email either our journal editor Anne Coffey at ann.coffey@nd.edu.au or executive officer Angela White at angela@adolescentsuccess.org.au.


Can handwriting make you smarter?

Studies show that students who take handwritten notes achieve better than those who type. Whilst this article is aimed at higher education, in the modern age of 1-1 tablets, laptops and technology in general, what trends to we see in our Middle Years classrooms? Are we mandated to 'use' technology? Is it reliable and user-friendly? Can it really beat the good old pen or pencil? Have your say in our forum.

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Exploring Teens Magazine

The latest Exploring Teens magazine has been published and, again, it is filled with excellent content for parents and teachers.  Subscription is free.

Adolescent Success is pleased to partner with this incredibly valuable publication.

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