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Spreading First Aid for Teens' Mental Health by Training Adults to Help - 0 views

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    This article is about high school programs, but I hear college faculty expressing similar concerns about not having been trained to deal with student mental health issues. Should we look into Mental Health First Aid training?
Joe Murphy

Why Teachers Are So Tired - 0 views

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    Are you getting enough rest this summer? Are there decisions and worries you can deal with now so they don't wear you out next fall?
Joe Murphy

Teach Students How to Learn - 0 views

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    On this podcast, Saundra McGuire discusses the ways she's seen student achievement improve by working lessons in study skills into her classes. Are there basic (or basic-seeming) learning skills you'll be encouraging your students to use this semester?
Joe Murphy

Sleepy Teens Have More Trouble Learning - 1 views

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    Your circadian rhythms may have as much to do with the feeling of sleepiness as the actual amount of sleep you get. That has interesting implications for class scheduling and advising.
Joe Murphy

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure - 0 views

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    Good advice for advisees, colleagues, and ourselves. We talk about resilience as the process of stopping, assessing, and making a new plan - but remember that the first step really is stopping long enough to rest.
Joe Murphy

Essay on how faculty members can keep focused amid so much disturbing news - 0 views

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    "What if you decided that difficult times call for radical self-care? In other words, start with a basic assumption that your health is your top priority. Without it, nothing else is possible." Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers suggestions for maintaining your health in times of crisis.
Joe Murphy

School Is Bad for Students - 1 views

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    I hear a lot of concern about our students being "fragile", and there's a lot of good effort put into helping them learn to "cope." But what are the things which we could change - in our classrooms, in our campus culture - to promote good mental health?
Joe Murphy

Are You Being Rigorous or Just Intolerant? - 0 views

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    Some interesting examples here of times when annoying classroom behaviors can be symptoms of issues with a student's wellbeing, and a few ideas of ways we can help students cope without just abandoning rigor.

    "Too often when faculty discuss students with mental-health conditions, the conversation ends in the same place: Either we establish rigorous standards or we coddle students. But that is a false binary."
Joe Murphy

College libraries install desks on which students can study and cycle - 1 views

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    The next step after the standing desk, perhaps? (Certainly I'd have a better chance keeping a desk that small clean...)
Joe Murphy

Sleep makes our memories more accessible, study shows - 0 views

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    Another study showing the relationship between sleep and memory. "The post-sleep boost in memory accessibility may indicate that some memories are sharpened overnight." (It might be worth reminding your students that a good study strategy includes a complete night's sleep!)
Joe Murphy

College Students Aren't The Only Ones Abusing Adderall - 0 views

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    If a student's level of academic stress is one reason they abuse "study drugs" like Adderall or Ritalin, then pedagogies which reduce stress might have a positive impact on this campus health issue.

    Also note the point that just being more focused doesn't make cramming a productive study technique...
Joe Murphy

Less sleep makes you more likely to get a cold - 0 views

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    Could more sleep stave off the Kenyon Krud?
Joe Murphy

When Teaching Goes Past Your Bedtime - 0 views

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    How do you handle teaching at times that aren't your peak active hours - like the evening seminar or an early morning class? And what can you do to engage students who are clearly in that boat? Anastasia Salter has some techniques which worked for her. (The comment thread on this article also has some useful suggestions.)
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Writing With a Heavy Teaching Load - 0 views

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    For many of us, teaching will expand to fill the time available. This article includes tips for protecting and making best use of your writing time.
Joe Murphy

Concussion in the Classroom - 0 views

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    While written primarily for a K-12 audience, this pamphlet includes good specific techniques for assisting a student suffering from concussion symptoms (including tips on recognizing students who might not have disclosed a problem to you).
Joe Murphy

Addressing Student Stress - 0 views

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    An interesting page of resources from DePaul, mixing resources for health and counseling with some classroom approaches which can help students process the learning components of their late-semester stress.
Joe Murphy

How academics can help ensure students' wellbeing - 0 views

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    A list of 10 points to remember in helping students in crisis. From The Guardian, the list uses UK terminology, but the points apply on both sides of the pond. I particularly like the bookends: "find out about the support services your university offers" and "lead by example and take care of yourself too."
Joe Murphy

universities to give hugs to staff ???? - 1 views

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    How well does the CIP do as a place for "fika" or even "hygge"? What would it look like if we thought of (more of) our "programming" as a valued time for rest and reflection?
Joe Murphy

Time Travel to Plan Your Semester - 0 views

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    "Backward design" is a popular approach in planning a syllabus - start with your goals for what the students will learn and practice, and work back from there. This article suggests an interesting twist on that process. Concentrate on how your work will flow during the semester, and use your imagined ideal month to make sure you have the time and energy to meet your teaching goals.
Joe Murphy

Studying Instead of Sleeping Bites Students: Scientific American Podcast - 3 views

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    Recent research suggests that an irregular and inadequate sleep schedule makes learning new concepts the next day significantly harder.
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