Recent Research on Student well-being

Teachers make academic judgments based on how students dress

The best-dressed students are known to enjoy a certain social edge over their more unkempt peers. But,  in what may be another argument for school uniforms, teachers also judge their students on appearance. According to a large study of 1,311 fourth-grade Canadian students,  teachers rated better dressed students higher on academic competence, engagement and adjustment… Tell Me More »

Mindfulness training benefits homeless children

Mindfulness training benefits homeless children

Homeless students and recently homeless students benefitted even more than other middle schoolers from an 8-week mindfulness training course,  according to a new study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.  A total of 63 children from two charter schools, one a traditional charter school and another that serves youth who current live or… Tell Me More »

5th graders rate their biggest concerns about going to middle school

Despite the dizzying pace of change in the world, fears of today’s 5th-graders are remarkably similar to those of their parents and older siblings, according to a recent survey of 225 Alabama students about to enter middle school. Undressing in front of others for P.E. was students’ top concern followed by taking harder subjects, taking tests and using… Tell Me More »

Why cliques form in some schools more easily than others

What makes some schools more cliquish than others? One reason—size of the school, with larger schools more cliquish than smaller schools—is no surprise.  But a second reason provides a new twist. Schools that offer students a lot of academic freedom, e.g. more elective courses, more ways to complete requirements, more freedom to select seats in… Tell Me More »

Teaching students gratitude

Many adults have discovered the social and emotional benefits of practicing gratitude in their daily lives. Practicing gratitude also yields social, emotional and learning benefits for children, according to a new study in School Psychology Review.  The study reports that children as young as 8-11 can benefit from an  intervention that teaches them to appreciate what… Tell Me More »

Students describe how teachers and schools support their well-being

What are teachers and schools doing right to support  student well-being? A new study in Preventing School Failure reviews the literature on emotional well-being to gather student perspectives on what teachers and schools are doing right. “Well-being is considered a positive marker of mental health and has been defined as ‘individuals’ cognitive and affective evaluations of their… Tell Me More »

Academic buoyancy: If you have it, you’re more likely to succeed

Academic buoyancy is an important but overlooked factor in why students, and not always the ones you would predict, fare well in school, says a new study in the British Journal of Educational Psychology. Many educators are familiar with the concept of “resilience,”  a student’s ability to overcome major hardships and threats to well-being and… Tell Me More »