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How’s THAT for a clickbait title? In a previous post, I addressed the issue of learning loss – the potential for kids in particular to fall behind due to the COVID restrictions and online learning limitations.  In that post, I argued that learning loss is not really something to be too concerned about because it […]

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Learning, Mental Health

I think we can all agree that the 2020-2021 school year has been a bit less typical than normal.  I think we can also agree that that first statement is a vast understatement of the reality of the pandemic!   Transitioning between in person to online learning back and forth over the past year and […]

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Learning

Heat is often associated with intense moodiness and less frustration tolerance. We get angry easier when it’s hot and we sleep poorly. Kids can be lethargic and our productivity drops. What is going on?

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Mental Health

Remember when you were a kid, that last week of school? The weather was beautiful, the classrooms were starting to be deconstructed, all of the year’s artwork being taken down and being returned to students as keepsakes (much of my own artwork did not survive the trip from the school to my home, as I […]

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Mental Health

Have you ever gone for a run after not running for a long time?  Or tried lifting weights after not doing so for months (or even years)?  Could you do long division right now without a calculator?  All of these things take practice and if we haven’t done them for a while, and when we […]

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Mental Health

You know how when you go to the dentist, you brush your teeth REALLY hard the morning of the appointment, as if in doing so, you can hide the months of neglect from the hygienist so that maybe this time, you won’t get the usual lecture/ condescending speech about how you really need to floss […]

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Assessment

“Nobody knows anything” is a well-known quote from Hollywood screenwriter William Golding(who gave us the charming The Princess Bride and the decidedly less charming Marathon Man,which gave dentistry a bad name for a generation). In making this rather obvious claim,Goldman hit a nerve (dentistry pun intended!) in Hollywood and, I would argue, provided apiece of […]

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Mental Health

Is it wrong that I am just now getting around to posting on Mental Health Month?  I mean, it’s May 5th (Happy Cinco de Mayo AND Revenge of the Fifth!), so it’s been Mental Health Month for 5 days already and I am just now getting to writing a post for the occasion.   If I […]

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Mental Health

We’ve all heard it before.  Forgot to lock the door when you left the house?  Neglected to put an appointment in the family calendar?  Gotten lost en route to a new place?  “OMG, I’m having an ADHD moment” Have a well-organized sock drawer?  “I’m SO OCD!” Had a rough experience at school and a teacher […]

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Mental Health

Dr. Brent Macdonald, R. Psych. (AB, NS, NT, PE) Lead Psychologist, Macdonald Psychology Group, Complexlearners.com Imagine that you are doing your job, minding your own business, just doing your thing and a higher up, perhaps a manager or supervisor, wanders by, watches you for a few minutes and then says “Well, you seem to mostly […]

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Mental Health

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