Food for thought!

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How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors, by Bob McDonald from CBC. This article speaks about the benefits that learning outdoors has for youth, “it improves a child's ability to learn and can even improve grades, especially in disadvantaged children.”

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Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning? Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship, by Ming Kou, Michael Barnes and Catherine Jordan from Frontiers in Psychology. This article “summarizes what we know about the role of nature experiences in learning and development. It draws on a wide array of peer-reviewed scientific evidence, ranging from research in the inner city, to the study of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, to neurocognitive and physiological explorations.”

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Study: Kids who spend time in nature become happier adults, by Justin Housman from Adventure Journal. This article discusses a study where researchers looked data from one million residence in Denmark and found, “that being raised surrounded by nature as a child meant a 55 percent lower incidence of developing mental health issues as adults.”

The Nature Cure: Why some doctors are writing prescriptions for time outdoors, by James Hamblin from the Atlantic. This article discusses the rise in Ecotherapy and doctors prescribing time in nature to help with different illnesses such as ADHD, anxiety and depression.

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Dirt has a microbiome, and it may double as an antidepressant, by Zoë Schlanger from Quartz. This article is about the new research into microbiomes that are found in soil and their benefits to quality of life and immune systems. Lots of links within the article to research.

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Prescribing Nature, by Jennifer Walsh and Beth McGroarty from Global Wellness Summit. This article is about studies of the benefits of nature as medicine. It is then looks at how it can be incorporated into our economy, businesses and our everyday lives. “There is enough science about the health benefits of nature to get the attention of the medical profession. Nature as medicine. Just don’t tell big Pharma.”

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10 Reasons Teens Have So Much Anxiety Today, by Amy Morin from Psychology Today. This article speaks of top 10 reasons that teens suffer from anxiety in todays society. It touches on the impact of technology, parental roles and emotional skills. It is a good read to help us start to understand the epidemic that is plaguing many youth today.

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What Great Listeners Actually Do, by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman from Harvard Business Review. This articles is about what it means to be a good listener, shining light on being quiet and passive in a conversation does not remain silent and absorb but instead, “They are someone you can bounce ideas off of — and rather than absorbing your ideas and energy, they amplify, energize, and clarify your thinking.”

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Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take by Benjamin Conlon from Wait until the 8th. This article looks at the life of a boy in grade 7 and compares and contrasts how the same scenario would play out differently if the year was 2008 and 2018. It discusses how much life has changed due to social media and how there is no separation for youth anymore and how this impacts their lives. He also gives five ways in which we can help elevate the stress that is added to our youths lives due to social media and cell phones.