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3 Ways that Reading and Writing can Help Students With Mental Illness

Children-using-digital-tablet.jpgTeachers have always known that the benefits of reading and writing are myriad and innumerable. What we know about what literacy does for the brain, the body, and for learning is always growing. And now we know that journal writing, reading, and specifically poetry reading & writing are all beneficial for students (of all ages) with mental illness. And since an average of 3 students in each classroom are likely to suffer from mental illness of some type, this is key information for all educators. 

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7 Ways to Support Student Mental Health

Blog Picture 1.pngIts likely that at least 3 of the students in your classroom right now suffer from mental illness of some type.

1 in 5 children between the ages of 13-18 suffer from mental illness. 1 in 10 children between ages 5-16 suffer from a diagnosed mental condition. These children are at higher risk of dropping out, substance abuse, trouble with the law, trouble learning, self-harm, and a host of lifelong struggles that are exacerbated when not addressed early. 

As a teacher, you can help! 

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Literature Circles from A to Z: Clickable, Printable Resources!

Laptop Work-10.jpgThis month is reading month, and I’ve been writing about literature circles: the problems, the tiny tweaks that make a big difference, and ways to increase engagement. This week I’m hand-delivering the freshest, most useful and printable links on the subject. Thankfully, the research is clear and the resources are plentiful. Here we go! The best resources on literature circles from A to Z…….

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5 Tiny Tweaks to Improve your Literature Circles

confetti_3inRow.jpgHappy Read Across America Day!

Today, many are reading as part of the annual Read Across America. This day celebrates and encourages reading. One way to keep students motivated and excited about reading throughout the year is a through the use of Book Clubs or Literature Circles.This is the first of a four-part series on literature circles for the month of March.

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