At the Healthy Student Committee yesterday, we were given a quiz by Dr. Matthew Campbell. One of the things that we learned is that when adolescents frequently eat meals with their families and/or parents, they have lower incidence of depression, live healthier life, do better at school, less likely to engage in risky behaviors, have lower substance abuse issues, have better social skills, and more resilient.
We also discussed ideas (besides serving snacks and drinks) which may be helpful to students during their finals’ week. Some of the ideas will require teachers’ support:
Spread out tests so the hard ones won’t all be given on the same day
Multiple choices/questions instead of one or two questions
Offer projects in lieu of final exams
Stress balls / play dough
Post grades on the last day of the finals
No homework assignment during and before the week of finals
Extra credit opportunities
Offer study guides, study groups, final prep groups
Important and relevant information are discussed at the workshop: meaning of success; problems caused by sleep deprivation (e.g. affecting memory, causing crankiness, increasing bullying behavior, car accidents due to drowsy driving, obesity, anxieties, depression); cheating behavior; busy work vs. homework; how to balance in today’s fast-paced culture; protective factors for kids; media time (www.commonsensemedia.org); strategies for parents….