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Teen summer reads: 5 novels to help cope with adversity and alienation

2020 has been a particularly tough year for those approaching the latter years of high school. Young people have witnessed large-scale economic insecurity and unstable...

Dear Australia, your sympathy helps, but you can’t quite understand Melbourne’s lockdown experience

The joy Melburnians feel about coming out of lockdown is palpable, but another thread is also emerging: if you don’t live in Melbourne and...

Why every teacher needs to know about childhood trauma

Mental health issues among children are on the rise due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic, including lockdowns. Recent reports show there has been...

‘Lit therapy’ in the classroom: writing about trauma can be valuable, if done right

Some of my students have been assaulted. Others have been homeless, jobless or broke, some suffer from depression, anxiety or grief. Some fight addiction,...

Reading during coronavirus: books can be triggering, but difficult texts teach us resilience, too

We teach English at university. Our weekly engagements include navigating unnerving plot twists, falling in and out of love with iconic characters, and evaluating...

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