Your Teachers May Have Been Key to Your Adult Mental Health | Health News

By Cara Murez, HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2020 (Health Day News) — Great teachers can make a big difference in their students’ long-term health, research shows.

Teenagers who had good, supportive relationships with their teachers became healthier adults, according to a new report.

“This research suggests that improving students’ relationships with teachers could have important, positive and long-lasting effects beyond just academic success,” said study author Jinho Kim. He is an assistant professor of health policy and management at Korea University in Seoul.

“It could also have important health implications in the long run,” Kim said in a news release from the American Psychological Association.

For the study, Kim analyzed data from nearly 20,000 participants in a U.S. health study, including 3,400 pairs of siblings. That study followed participants from seventh grade into early adulthood. The teens answered a variety of questions about whether they had experienced trouble getting along with other students or teachers, and whether their friends or teachers cared about them.

In adulthood, the participants were asked about physical and mental health. The study recorded measures of physical health, including blood pressure and body mass index, an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

The analysis found that participants who had better relationships with teachers and peers also had better physical and mental health in their mid-20s. When Kim looked at pairs of siblings (as a way to control for family background), only the link between student-teacher relationships and adult health remained significant.

Past research had suggested that teens’ peer relationships could be connected to adult health outcomes, possibly because poor relationships can lead to chronic stress, which raises the risk of future health problems, Kim said. It might be that other factors, including different family backgrounds, contributed both to relationship problems in teens and to poor health in adulthood.

Kim recommended that schools invest in training teachers on how to build warm, supportive relationships with students.

“This is not something that most teachers receive much training in,” he said, “but it should be.”

The findings were published online Oct. 29 in the journal School Psychology.

SOURCE: American Psychological Association, news release, Oct. 29, 2020

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Bentley elementary school moves to online due to number of teachers quarantined

BURTON, MI — Due to the number of teachers currently quarantined, Bentley Community Schools’ Barhitte Elementary School will move to virtual learning for two weeks starting Monday, Nov. 2.

Students will return to Barhitte on Monday, Nov. 16, Superintendent Kristy Spann wrote in a Sunday, Nov. 1 letter.

The switch to remote learning comes after too many staff had to quarantine, Spann said. However, staff are still able to teach remotely.

Related: Michigan sets new daily record with 3,792 new coronavirus cases Saturday, Oct. 31

Parents whose child left his or her device at Barhitte will be able to pick it up from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Regarding food, you can pick up meals for the next two days tomorrow

Food pickup at Barhitte will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. After that, meal pickups will be on Wednesdays and Fridays at Bentley High school from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Michigan reported a record number of new daily coronavirus cases Saturday, Oct. 31, with 3,792 new confirmed cases of the novel respiratory virus statewide.

State health officials also confirmed 31 new coronavirus-related deaths Saturday – 20 of which were newly discovered through a vital records review.

Since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has confirmed 178,180 positive cases and 7,340 COVID-19 deaths, according to data updated Saturday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. There also are another 19,226 probable cases and 359 probable deaths.

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Inspired by Her Cancer Struggle, Kan. Teacher’s Class Brings Holiday Cheer to Pediatric Patients

Inspired by Her Cancer Struggle, Kan. Teacher’s Class Brings Holiday Cheer to Pediatric Patients

Angela Holtgraves’ special education students began the Stocking Project in 2017 upon learning of Holtgraves’ own cancer battle

When the holiday season rolls around, hundreds of pediatric cancer patients in Kansas will receive stockings stuffed with toys — and it’s all thanks to teacher Angela Holtgraves and her students.

Holtgraves, 34, is a special education teacher, and for the last three years, has spearheaded a special initiative called Stocking Project with her students to spread goodwill and holiday cheer to those who need it most.

“It’s a nice way for us to help others,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “This is their way of being able to show the world, ‘I might have a disability, but I can still do some pretty incredible things.’”

For Holtgraves, a mom of two based in Olathe, cheering up young oncology patients at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital is personal; she overcame a breast cancer diagnosis at 28, and one of her students was a leukemia survivor. Sharon Houser, the teacher with whom she started the Stocking Project, also has a daughter who is a young breast cancer survivor.

Holtgraves’ students at Shawnee Mission North High School had previously done projects to give back — including making hygiene bags for homeless people — but when they learned of her history with cancer in 2017, switched gears to refocus their efforts.

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Together, they came up with the Stocking Project, which went with Holtgraves when she began teaching at Olathe West High School in 2018.

The group’s initial goal that first year was to create 20 stockings. Instead, they filled 75 in just two weeks, a number that has continued to grow each year for a total of nearly 600.

PEOPLE’s second annual Kindness Issue is dedicated to highlighting the ways, big and small, that kindness can make a difference and change lives. Click here and pick up the issue, on stands Friday, Oct. 30, for more stories on the impact of kindness from Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sterling K. Brown, Heather Locklear and other stars, as well as everyday people practicing kindness in their communities. To share the story of someone who’s done something exceptionally kind, email [email protected]

Holtgraves estimates that she and her students have raised more than $50,000 in donated goods, helped along with gifts from companies like Russell Stover and Sephora, as well as local businesses.

“The sense of pride they get is everything,” she says.

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Each year, Holtgraves typically dedicates a day in December to filling the stockings, which are broken down by age group and sex, including male, female and gender-neutral patients, with about 20 items each.

Because of COVID-19, however, this year’s plan

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Hold teachers, schools harmless on tests

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is calling for the temporary suspension of negative consequences for Tennessee schools and teachers related to student tests for the current school year due to adjustments and disruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

The Republican governor said Friday that while student testing will continue, he wants to “alleviate any burdens” associated with teacher evaluations and school accountability for the 2020-2021 school year.

Lee said school districts missed critical learning time when in-person classes were suspended during the spring as the virus pandemic struck. While some districts started holding in-person classes when the current school year started several weeks ago, others have maintained online learning only.

Some teachers and school district administrators have called for cancellation of tests or suspension of accountability measures. Teacher pay can be influenced by teacher evaluation scores, and poorly performing schools can be moved under state control.

Lee said he will work with the Tennessee General Assembly on his call to “temporarily pause the accountability that we have in our state that ties student testing to teacher evaluations.”

In Tennessee, students take TNReady tests in math, English language arts, social studies and science. They also take part in other types of assessments under the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, which has been the state’s testing program since 1988.

“In spite of the fact that we need to have assessment, it will have to look different this year to reflect really the fact that both teachers and students have had extended time away,” Lee said during an online news conference.

School districts have had virus cases after in-person instruction resumed. Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn reported Friday that Tennessee schools have seen 255 additional cases among students and an increase of 179 cases for staff this week.

In a statement from a state teachers union, Tennessee Education Association President Beth Brown said Lee’s call to hold teachers harmless for consequences stemming from testing is a good first step, but more needs to be done.

The union is calling for suspension of classroom observations, and Brown said the TEA disagrees with the decision to keep state standardized testing in place.

Lee, who spoke to reporters from Nashville, also addressed the recent rise in virus cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Tennessee, including in rural counties.

The 10 Tennessee counties with the most new cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks each have a population less than 40,000. Pickett County, with a population of more than 5,000 people and 87 cases in the past two weeks, has the highest rate.

State Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said Wednesday that the COVID-19 rural death rate is double that of urban areas.

As of Thursday, Tennessee had the 13th most new confirmed cases per capita in the past 14 days among all states, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

The state reported more than 2,200 additional cases Thursday and 666 on Friday.

Lee has lifted restrictions on businesses throughout the state, but he

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