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Social media, Depression, & Suicide: What We Know & How Social Work Can Help from Sean Erreger LCSW

Wonderful find from my social work virtual pal Sean Erreger focusing on how social media is effecting our youth.  Recently I participated in developing a screening tool at my school that would assist in finding students that were anxious and how social media impacted them. The information shared was definitely eye opening as to how much time our students are spending on social media.   Social media is definitively a factor in our teens and preteens lives.  Elementary students are gaining access to cell phones as early as age 5.  Mr. Erreger gives some great advice on how we can assist the students we work with.  Check out the page link to find Erreger’s and other great presentations there.  Below he shared his presentation at from the Global Social Welfare Digital Summit

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Panther Resources – Creating Engaging Social Emotional Lessons Through Movies

 
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If you haven’t seen the movie Black Panther, then hold off reading this blog post until you see it.  There are plenty of spoilers in this post!!  If you have seen the movie, I’m sure you have heard the great reviews and opinions regarding Black Panther.  As a clinician, (I went to see the movie two times already) I looked at the movie through different lens.  It was so many great messages in this movie and the connection to great therapeutic discussions, are endless.  

Clinicians often use videos and clips as social stories that teach various social skills and how to respond to conflicting scenarios.  The Black Panther movie has endless lessons and themes.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to post the endless amounts of articles that support Black Panther’s positive teaching and imagery.  Below I have included links to great resources that Larry Ferlazzo has put together. It may be a while before Black Panther comes out on video, but there are a good amount of clips on YouTube that can you can view .  These clips can assist in your discussions on various social themes within the movie.   In the link below, there is also a curriculum that has been developed to teach lessons after viewing the movie.

Developing The SEL Lesson – Questions

Some of the great ideas that can be developed and discussed are as follows:

  • Who is your role model of the film

  • In what ways was the character similar to or different from you?

  • What are some of the themes within the movie (the power of fathers (or the lack thereof), the power of education, the power of suggestion and the tension between doing something versus sitting on the sidelines, and the role of females.)

  • What problems are the characters facing?

  • Who did you view as the antagonists, and what obstacles did they present?

  • What feelings are evoked from various themes?

  • What are the family values, how are they the same or different?

  • How did the protagonist succeed in overcoming the challenges?

  • What real world connections can you make from the movie?

Check out these great resources on Ferlazzo’s page.  I couldn’t have done a better job 🙂

The Best Resources For Teaching About The Black Panther Movie — Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

© 2018 Lindsay Silveira, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio The Black Panther movie offers some great teaching opportunities. Here are some useful resources: The 4 Things Teachers Should Know about the 2018 Black Panther Movie is from Donors Choose. The Black Panther Challenge has teaching resources. Here’s an article about it. Black Panther co-star…

via The Best Resources For Teaching About The Black Panther Movie — Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Google Home in the classroom – The perfect teacher assistant

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Welcome New Year

What Are You Thankful For?

Of course I’m thankful for my family, friends, health, and spectacular social work job!   But….I’m really thankful for the people that take time to read my blog and are part of my Personal Learning Network.

8 Best Practices for Sending Text Messages for Therapists


This could be a long and very tedious article. It could be. After all, any communication sent via text message (also called “SMS” or short message service) may fall under a whole slew of rules and regulations, depending on the context of the message. In the U.S., there’s the TCPA (or Telephone Consumer Protection Act),…

via 8 Best Practices for Sending Text Messages in the Social Services Industry — Social Work Helper

How social media has helped families,socialworkers and government in discerning information during calamities?

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Ice Breakers For The New School Year

Icebreaker activities are a great way to get kids talking about themselves and connecting with their classmates. The Free Spirit Advisory Board is here to share their tried-and-true activities to break the ice and help kids feel excited for the new school year. “Working with preschoolers—they are very visual and like to touch things. In […]

via Teachers Tell Us: Tried-and-True Icebreaker Activities for the New School Year — Free Spirit Publishing Blog

Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators – Get your Free Copy! #swtech

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators. This toolkit provides Field and other Social Work Educators with tools and resources to help social work students and field instructors assess, develop, and maintain an online identity for professional purposes. There are two parts to the toolkit…

via Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators – Get your Free Copy! — Teaching

Ready, Set, Go! ISTE Is Coming To Chicago!

Want to learn tech skills?  Don’t miss this conference.

I’ve had the chance to experience a tech conference before and it is absolutely mind blowing.  If you want to learn tech skills, this conference is the place to be.  Next year ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) will be in Chicago, and it will be easy to access for the folks in the Midwest.   There are tons of workshops, exhibitors, and opportunities to meet many of the tech guru’s from your favorite blogs, and twitter handles.  Don’t miss out!

THE EPICENTER OF EDTECH

Chicago — June 24–27, 2018 McCormick Place

Follow @isteconnects. Join the conversation #ISTE18

ISTE 2018

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