Children need reasons and direction to engage task

Many years ago, it probably was easier for an adult to say to a child ‘do this, or do that’. And what happened? The child engaged the task, without even asking, why? But children are at an early age engaging in discovery learning and critical thinking; they are inquisitive. It is true, children still go through the various stages in thinking and development, but being exposed to various media, as well as socialization that take place, they are encouraged to question and to explore different ways of thinking.
What adults are finding is that children no longer simply do as they are told but seek reasons as to why they should engage a specific task.
In some task, because of a lack of experience not all children can engage successfully, unless they receive direction. It is therefore left to their parents or/ and teachers to offer the necessary rationale for why they should engage a specific task and also offer the necessary directions to complete the task successfully.
Stay tuned as today’s podcast discuss this.

Children’s Mental Health Promotion and Support: Strategies for Educators

BY BARBARA BOLE WILLIAMS, PHD, NCSP; KATHLEEN BOYLE, MA; JONATHAN M. WHITE, MA; & AMANDA SINKO, MA,Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

 

Students’ social and emotional welfare is important for academic success. Schools are responsible for teaching academics and also for promoting the mental health of students. School mental health services promote the psychological health of all students, providing protective support to students at risk and supporting educational environments that allow students to cope with challenges and problems. Mental health is not only the absence of psychological or behavior problems, but the presence of wellness or psychological health. For example, self-esteem, self-acceptance, resiliency, and effective coping skills are tribute to mental health and good behavior in students. While families provide the primary support for developing children’s mental health, schools play an important role working with students and families.

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