Welcome Back to another grand term at Heritage College.
Well, here we are again back in the business of learning. Week 1 has been a great re-introduction to school life for all students and staff. So how were your holidays? Did you get some quality time with the children? Did you manage to get a break at all? How many late nights did your children have?
Teen sleep habits
Healthy habits for a digital life
Understanding the teenage brain
Friendship and social skills
Cyberbullying and so much more.
This is a great book that can be used even just for reference to further research or study. One of my greatest takeaways from this book is that the teenage brain is really under ‘deconstruction’. According to Dr Manocha, the brain begins a ‘pruning’ of the neural pathways that are no longer in use or useful. Also, another fascinating fact, is that the teenage body, reduces the secretion of the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from the ages of 13 to 19!
This means that teens naturally do not feel tired early in the night. Yes that’s right, teens naturally will stay up later because their bodies are changing. Challenge #1: Even though their bodies can stay up later, it doesn’t mean they do not need sleep. Therefore, we need to help them to regulate their sleep behaviour so that their bodies can get their required rest and their brains can get their necessary time to process the learning from the day.
Challenge #2: Somehow, we also need to work with our young people to regulate the use of devices. Interestingly enough, the blue light from devices can inhibit the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin too. So, if our young people are using devices in their rooms until very early hours of the morning, they actually do not ever get the proper sleep cycles they need to help their bodies and minds to recuperate and recover. Have you ever had a grumpy teenager?
There is a lot in this book that I recommend reading however to help summarise I created the document below. I hope you get the time to read the book and even more so, to implement the ideas and suggestions held within.
May God bless you all as we move into another term and I look forward to catching up with you all over the course of the next several weeks.
Mr Sonny Aiono