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Why Face to Face?

The most important issue that faces our generation today is the lack of face to face conversations. It is quite simple yet our generation suffers from screen addiction which leads us to putting our head in our phone while face to face with other people. In today’s world, you can learn so much from one face to face conversation. Personally, I pride myself in taking life lessons from face to face conversations whether it’s with my family or with the man or woman working the front desk at CVS. Although we’ve talked about this issue of screen addiction among adolescence over and over again it is an issue that cannot be addressed enough. Phones are made to be addicting each year when a new phone set to be released it being worked on there are large amounts of developers that do everything they can just so one can be addicted to their screen causing more people to buy Iphones. As the years go on the age we get addicted to cellular devices will become younger and younger. It’s important to know that although you can learn a lot in school the bigger life lessons are learnt in face to face conversation. Charles Dickens once said it best saying, “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” This idea of how important face to face communication has been around for centuries and will never go away no matter how advanced technology becomes.

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“Why” Student Centered Learning is so Important

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” These words of wisdom once spoken by Benjamin Franklin are words to live by especially as a student. Project Based learning teaches students skills that cannot be taught in a normal classroom setting. PBL is structured around the concept of student centered learning. This is where students do the teaching and the learning. In our PBL English class I have learned more in class than I have in any other class in four years. The lessons that I have learned in PBL translate to the real world where a class such as U.S. History or chemistry do not. Throughout the year each student has researched various topics about issues that teens face in today’s world that are more prevalent than ever. In the Winter, our class researched experts in certain fields and we encountered one that has changed the way I think. Marco, a classmate of mine in PBL was researching screen use among teens and found an expert by the name of Simon Sinek. Simon Sinek explains why having a purpose is more important than anything else. He talks about how having a why is much more important than having a what or how. After learning about Simon through Marco’s research I learned an immense amount of information to hold onto just from learning from my classmate in a student-centered classroom.  Throughout the year in PBL we have learned many skills but one of the most important skills we have learned is using social media in a positive way. We have learned how to use large social media platforms such as twitter. Using twitter has not only helped our research skills but also our networking skills. Once again skills that will help you for life. PBL student centered classes don’t prepare you for high school or even college, they prepare you for life. The class teaches you lessons that will help you find that why.

Why Teens Deserve More Credit for Their Humanity

Laura Kastner, one of the biggest influences in Screenagers explains why teens are not as bad as we make them out to be in her TedTalk “Why Teens Deserve More Credit for Their Humanity”. In Screenagers it is harder for the viewer to see her point of view because her side is highlighted as much. Dr. Kastner explains that teens have always been targeted as trouble makes even as much as 20-30 years ago. Dr. Kastner takes the science route to explain how teens are not to blame. She goes from talking about the science to the social media aspect of how teens are affected. Her main point is that parents tend to stress out and always think of the worst that could happen when it comes to teens, whenever they are in a situation that the parents are worried about. When people hear about teens in the news doing something that affects the community in a positive way,  they become overwhelmed. The reality is that teens are constantly acting in a positive way to help the community. ” Parents don’t have access to the goodness that teens show all day, if only”. This is the strongest line that Dr. Kastner states which sums up her studies of the past years.

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How Children Live and Grow

Dr. Laura Kastner is a clinical psychologist and researcher. She studies psychology that focuses on mental and behavioral disorders. Dr. Kastner has done enormous amounts of work on child development. She currently runs her own website which includes, her biography, her works (books), articles and even her lectures. This is a very interactive website which includes teaching videos. Her role in Screenagers is to give parents an idea of how kids learn and grown. She studies the growth of a young child so she is very knowledgeable when it comes to how children act. Her books have become quite popular as well as her TedTalk and other teaching videos she has on her website. She brings alot to the table when talking about Screenagers. She has knowledge on children and how they mature which makes her very usefull.


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How we can Help our future

Teens and millennials in today’s world face numerous issues but one the biggest issues they face is depression. In today’s fast-moving world social media plays a big part in the life of millennials. Since millennials spend large amounts of time on their phones it affects the way they live their life. Millennials go on social media and see how well other people are doing, how pretty someone is, how strong someone is or even how smart someone is. This causes millennials to look down on themselves for not being as good as what they see. The reality is that nobody is ever going to stop posting just because of how it makes others feel. So, what are we going to do about it? In our PBL class we are finding a problem and a solution for adolesence. The first step is to help millennials facing this issue, and not to ignoring it. A lot of times because of social media millennials don’t admit when they are depressed but if we let them know that people are willing to help the that is the first step in the right direction.