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  • Thomson K., Oberle E. , Gadermann A. , Guhn M., Rowcliffe P. , Schonert-Reichl K. (2017). Journal of applied Development Psychology. Measuring social-emotional development and well-being in middle childhood: The middle Years Development Instrument. Retrieved from:

Description: This paper discusses the conceptualization, development, validation, and application of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) – a population-based child self-report tool that assesses children's social-emotional development and well-being in the context of their home, school, and neighborhood.

  • Oberle, E. Schonert-Reichl, K. & Matson J,L. (2017). Handbook of Social Behavior and Skills in Children. Social and emotional learning: Rescent research and practical strategies to promote social and emotional competence in schools. Retrieved from :

Description: Social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools is a fast-growing field of research and practice that is aimed at teaching children and adolescents core social and emotional competencies that are linked to trajectories of health and success in life.

  • ​​Oberle E. (2017). Journal of School Health. Early adolescent emotional wellbeing in the classroom: The role of personal and contextual assets. Retrieved from:

Description: The objective of this journal was to predict early adolescents' emotional well-being from personal and contextual assets in the classroom. Emotional well-being is a key indicator of health. Aligned with the positive youth development (PYD) framework, a supportive classroom environment and positive relationships with teachers and peers were contextual assets in the present study; positive self-concept was a personal asset.

  • C.Willard (2017) Help Your Kids Let Go of Stuff. Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children. Retrieved from:

Description: This article focuses on raising resilient children by engaging children’s imagination and natural compassion to help them live a simpler, more mindful life.

  • Skenazy, L. ,& Haidt, J. (2017). The Fragile Generation: Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed. Retrieved from

Description: How did we come to think a generation of kids can't handle the basic challenges of growing up? This article looks at how we as parents, schools and a society have become so over protective of children when it comes to their safety and play.

  • R.G.Saadé, D.Morin, & J.D.E. Thomas, (2012). Vol 28: 1608-1617. Computers in Human Behavior: Critical Thinking in E-Learning Environments. Retrieved from

Description: One of the primary aims of higher education in today’s information technology enabled classroom is to make students more active in the learning process. This article presents the work and results of critical thinking in a virtual learning environment.

  • Z.Bagdasarov, Y.Luo, & W.Wu. (2017) Vol 49, Issue 1-2. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. The Influence of Tablet-Based Technology on the Development of Communication and Critical Thinking Skills: An Interdisciplinary Study. Retrieved from:

​Description:This study to explores the impacts of tablet technology in a college classroom on students' perceptions of their own learning. Findings indicated that tablet usage contributed to a positive effect on dimensions of critical thinking.

  • Tulane University of Social Work, 2018. Guide to Cyberbullying Awareness. Retrieved from

​​Description: highlights the prevalence of cyberbullying among K-12 kids, how to understand the signs and types of online bullying and mental health services available for victims. 70% of kids have witnessed some form of cyberbullying with most victims never reporting abuse.

  • Farhat, T., & Simons-Morton, B. (2010). Recent findings on peer group influence on substance abuse. Retrieved from

Description: The “Recent findings on peer group influence on substance abuse” focuses on the influence of peer groups on adolescent decisions about substance abuse (i.e. smoking), and indicates how peer influence can act as a strong force on an adolescent boy’s future-ready skills of communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking.

  • Phelan, P. Cao, H.T., Davidson, A. L., (1992). Navigating the Psycho/Social Pressures of Adolescence: The Voices and Experiences of High School Youth. Retrieved from

Description: In this qualitative research study, “Navigating the Psycho/Social Pressures of Adolescence: The voices and experiences of high school youth”, offers an insight on the pressures, conditions, and circumstances that can affect student stress levels and their ability to focus in school.

  • Anne M. Sebanc, Susan L. Pierce, Carol L. Cheatham and Megan R. Gunnar, 2003. General Social Worlds in Preschool: Dominance, Peer Acceptance and Assertive Social Skills in Boys’ and Girls’ Peer Groups Retrieved from

Description: This research study sheds more light on peer influence and the varying differences of social assertiveness between boys and girls in preschool.​

  • Brown, G. Effective teaching (Chapter 13). Retrieved from
  • Teaching Boys: A Relational Puzzle by Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Marta K. Albert, Ingrid Bircann-Barkey, Eric Gidseg & Terry Murray

Description: Explore these scholarly articles to discover evidence-based research on different teaching, coaching, and pedagogical theories that can be applied to boys motivation and CQ development.

  • The Recovery Village. Retrieved from:

    Description: The Recovery
    Village is a network of rehabilitation facilities that offers
    comprehensive treatment for substance abuse disorders as well as
    co-occurring mental health conditions. There website provides a breadth
    of resources, blogs, and information on tools and healthy coping skills
    needed for long-term recovery.

  • R.Schiffman. 2017. Can Kindness be taught? The New
    York Times. Retrieved from:

The Kindness Curriculum is part of a growing global movement to teach
emotional intelligence in schools. However, some question whether
personality traits like kindness can be taught. This article discusses
the importance of children learning the emotional skills and concept of
kindness in the classroom.

  • P.Klass (2017) Treating Anxiety in Children. The
    New York Times. Retrieved from:

Description: This article looks into a variety of anxieties and worries of all kinds that are commonly related to children.

  • D.Foley.(2018). The Discipline Wars. Time Magazine. Retrieved from:

This article looks into some studies that show spanking doesn’t work,
yet most Americans still believe in it and why it still persists- and
what works better.

  • L.Blair. 2017. How to get children in the mindset
    for the start of school. The Telegraph. Retrieved from:

A brief article outlining some tips that parents can apply to their
child’s daily routine to get them ready for a new school year.​

  • G.Best. 2018. It only takes one good teacher to
    change a students’ life. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from:

I was a smart aleck. I hated school. I was a terrible student. But one
teacher saw something in me, Gillian Best writes and describes the
impact that one teacher made on her life.​

  • Anonymous. (2018). The Secret Teacher: subjects
    like art are being sidelined – but they matter. The Guardian. Retrieved

The Secret Teacher is an anonymous platform for teachers to express
their opinions and views on what they consider to be important,
contributing factors to their students education. This article in
particular, focuses on how the efforts to improve outcomes in a limited
range of subjects is hindering the potential of those whose strengths
lie elsewhere.

  • Chokshi, N. (2018). Apple Investors Warn iPhones
    and Other Technology May Be Hurting Children. The New York Times.
    Retrieved from

Niraj Chokshi article considers the potential long-term consequences of
new technologies on the younger generation and how parents need to get
educated on this new ear of parenting with such devices.

  • Collins, N. (2013) Boys ‘worse at school due to stereotypes'. The Telegraph. Retrieved from

This article offers an example of the stereotypes that affect boys’
learning and how societal typecasts can affect self-motivation and the
development of an achievement mindset.

  • Kang, S. (2014). Overscheduling your kids isn’t the
    fast track to success it once was. Huffington Post. Retrieved from:

My Huffington Post article offers an example of the modern-day pressure
of overscheduling and how this condition can affect a child’s ability
to develop the important future-ready skills of CQ.

  • Kang, S. (2014). Why making mistakes is good for
    your kids. Huffngton Post.

My Huffington Post article looks at the interpersonal tool of
authenticity, making mistakes, and why failure is a positive teaching
tactic that can help lead to CQ.

  • Bloss, J. (2016). Staying Competitive Requires
    Adaptability. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved from:

Jeff Bloss’s Forbes Article discusses the importance of adaptability
and provides a realistic example of how this 21st-century skill can be
applied to career and life success.

  • Llopis, G. (February 2013). The most successful
    leaders do 15 things automatically, every day. Forbes Magazine.
    Retrieved from:
  • Meier, J.D. (March 2016). 15 ways to motivate
    yourself and others. Time Magazine. Retrieved from:
  • Stengel, R. (July 2008). Mandela – His 8 lessons of
    leadership. Time Magazine. Retrieved from:,33009,1821659-2,00.html
  • Walton, A. G. (October 2016). Science Shows
    Meditation Benefits Children's Brains And Behavior. Retrieved online
    from Forbes

These news articles offer practical examples that demonstrate various
teaching and coaching activities that can be applied to teach boys’
leadership, innovation, and resiliency skills.

  • A.Svitak. 2010. What adults can learn from kids? Tedx Talk Video. Retrieved from:

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking:
bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams
deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness
to learn from children as much as to teach.

  • R.Pierson .2015. Every kid needs a Champion. Tedx
    Talk Video. Retrieved from:

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They
don't pay me to like the kids". Her response: "Kids don't learn from
people they don't like." A rousing call to educators to believe in their
students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal
level. ​​

  • G. Vilariño. 2015. How Argentina’s blind soccer team became champions. Tedx Video. Retrieved from:

For many students, mastering a tough school subject can seem like an
impossible challenge. If your classroom is in need of a pep talk, share
this captivating true story from lawyer and coach Gonzalo Vilariño’s TED
Talk. Vilariño outlines the improbable success of Argentina’s blind
soccer team, who went on to become two-time world champs, thanks to
their determination and fierce belief in their own abilities.

  • A.Holmes. 2018. How I save children from bullies.
    BBC News. Retrieved

Alex Holmes suffered severe racial bullying when at school. Now he's
been recognized by the Queen for his efforts to wipe out bullying.​​

  • Chellman, A.C. Tedx Talk – Gaming to re-engage boys in learning. Retrieved from
  • Haims, Julie. How to raise successful kids without overparenting. Video retrieved from
  • LaPlante, L. (2014). Hackschooling makes me happy. TEDx Talk. Retrieved from:

These TED Talks provide more insight on the different techniques
educators and parents can use to engage boys into their learning and
development of the CQ skills.

  • MacDonald, B. TEDxUBC. Boy smarts: Making sense of
    learning for boys. Retrieved from:
  • Teller, A. (2016). The unexpected benefit of
    celebrating failure. TED Talk. Retrieved from:
  • Pink, D. (2009). The puzzle of motivation. TED Talk. Retrieved from:
  • Duckworth, A.L. (2013) Grit: The power of passion
    and perseverance. TED Talk. Retrieved from:

TED Talks from both Daniel Pink and Angela Lee Duckworth explore the
important life skill tools of adaptability, grit, and the importance of
coaching children on how to persevere through challenges and obstacles.​

  • Kang, S. (2014). What one skill leads to an awesome life? TEDx Kelowna Talk. Retrieved from

Description: My TEDx Talk covers the consequences of everyday pressures and the one skill that can help us restore a balanced lifestyle.

  • Leonard Lopate Show. Why more boys are unmotivated and underachieving in the classroom. Podcast retrieved from

    Description: Listen to Leonard Lopate and psychologist Leonard Sax take a critical look at why boys have been steadily under-performing girls academically over the past 20 years.

  • Walker, K. Anxiety in Teenagers (podcast). Retrieved from

    Description: Listen to Kelli Walker – a registered nurse, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, discuss the imperative pressure that can affect boys in the adolescent years – anxiety.

  • A Mindful Exercise: HALT. (Podcast) Retrieved from:
  • Happiness Matters Podcast. Episode: How to encourage kids. Retrieved from:

    Description: Listen to a mindfulness exercise as well as a conversational discussion on ways to encourage a child’s CQ skills.

  • A Neuroplasticity Exercise: Being the observer
  • The Square Breathing Exercise for Anxiety
  • A One-Minute Mindfulness Exercise for Anxiety
  • Sir Ken Robinson: On the Power of Creativity and Will [Best Of]

    Description: Listen to these podcasts to develop your understanding of neuroscience techniques, breathing strategies, and other exercises that can be used to enhance mental agility and resiliency skills.

  • Renner, R., & Carter, C. (2012). How to Encourage Kids. Listen here:
  • Kafele, B. (2014). Motivation: Linking attitude to achievement. Listen here:
  • Reflective teachers are more effective: Improvement doesn’t happy by accident. Listen here:

    Description: Listen to these podcasts to develop your understanding of neuroscience techniques, breathing strategies, and other exercises that can be used to enhance mental agility and resiliency skills.