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Much controversy surrounds media and its long-lasting effects on children’s development and socialization. Television, video games, and graphic novels have all been studied in an effort to learn about the positive and negative lessons and messages it teaches children. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents and caregivers about the dangers of exposing children to too much or inappropriate television.
Enter Disney, a company built upon the idea of entertaining young children. Every year, at least one Disney film is released and many opposing opinions surface regarding the positive and negative messages it conveys. Most recently, parents took to social media to comment on the live-action film Cinderella, based on a beloved children’s fairy tale. On the positive side, parents believed it sent a message of hope and selflessness (i.e. stay strong even in the face of abuse and you will be rewarded; forgiveness is a trait to be valued, etc.). On the other side, disdainers believed it perpetuated sexism (i.e. Prince falls in love with Cinderella solely on her looks; women are nothing without men; etc.)
This week’s members-only resource includes an engaging activity that can be used to discuss media and its influence on development. Depending on your focus, it can apply to any of the following courses:
This activity has always been a great tool to engage my students in rich, authentic discussion about the impact of media on socialization and development.
Submitted by Derek Wun, OFSHEEA President
The adolescent development unit in HIF is adventurous and can be explored in many ways. This resource is fun and creative that allows members of the class to use their creativity and demonstrate their knowledge while having fun. Podcasts are a great tool in assessment and creates a new form of presentation for shyer individuals. The document Adolescent Development Podcast (221 KB) should definitely be considered when doing this unit!
The document Cascading Curriculum Template (53 KB) is a new and insightful method of approaching this activity and allows the students to work on the podcast throughout the unit. The organization and arrangement of the cascading approach is clear and concise when evaluating and assessing.
Submitted by: Heather Bamford and Nahid Mawji
In keeping up with the fresh start of a "New Year, New Me" attitude, here are a couple resources to help kick start students in realizing and achieving their goals- especially when it comes to finances. Try to reinforce with your students that resolutions tend to fade all too quickly. Send the message that tweaking your practice of over-promising what you are going to accomplish in 2016 into a SMART plan of action instead. Also, keep in mind of needs vs. wants while prioritizing what matters most!
A3.2 record and organize information and key ideas using various formats
B1.2 distinguish between needs and wants, and identify needs, wants, values, and goals that may develop during adolescence
C1.1 identify and use effective decision-making strategies
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