Maurice Elias

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January 16, 2013

The idea of New Year's Resolutions is very appealing but their success rate is low. Cognitive psychologists know why: Resolutions tend to be too big (like losing 20 pounds), too vague (like getting more sleep), very hard to control (like having less stress), or something the person is...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
January 1, 2013

There is resistance in life to many great ideas, and resistance to social, emotional and character development (SECD) in schools is one of them. Let's make 2013 the year you break through whatever resistance you are finding in your educational setting. Here's how.

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December 21, 2012

Dr. Ari Brown is a pediatrician in Austin, Texas, and was the lead author of a recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study on the effects of media on children. She says that if we want kids to be emotionally intelligent, we have to put them on a screen-time diet.

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December 3, 2012

Education consultant Jennifer Miller has launched a wonderful, valuable new blog site for parents, Confident Parents, Confident Kids that I think merits the attention of anyone working in social, emotional and character...

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November 9, 2012

As many of us cope with the results of Hurricane Sandy, whether awaiting the return of power, finding gasoline, wondering how to get to and from work, worrying about parents and other family members who are stranded, dealing with displacement of a temporary or permanent nature, or some...

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October 29, 2012

Recently, the non-profit daily ideas exchange known as Zocalo Public Square had an online debate about whether kindness can be taught, as part of a more general public conversation about altruism. I was fortunate to participate along with author Kathy Beland, who wrote School-Connect:...

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October 24, 2012

David Ropeik's article in New York Times about how parents resist vaccinations for their children contains essential insights and lessons for those of us...

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September 20, 2012

There are many books and related written materials designed to address bullying, drug use, depression, anxiety, shyness, peer rejection, and the like. How does one know which book to use?

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September 13, 2012

There are many instances in which ancient wisdom anticipated contemporary research, and one of them can be found on the upcoming Jewish observance day of Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Day of Atonement and it is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

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August 30, 2012

Ask your students to imagine themselves at an assembly in June. All of their classmates, teachers, staff, even parents are there. Every student is called up to the podium at the center of the stage, and the principal reads a statement of what they accomplished in the past year.

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