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The Rules We Create When We Lack Emotional Intelligence

Consider the strange new “rules” our society has created over the last two decades when it comes to managing kids. First, we decided to not keep score at games. We felt losing would become too traumatic for them to handle. Then, it was kids getting to swing at the ball as many times as they…

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The Role of Social Emotional Learning in Overcoming Anxiety

Some who read this post know my story. Both of my kids are now fully-functioning adults, but each has had their wrestling match with anxiety and depression while they were in school. It impacted our entire family. Bethany was a fun-loving teen whose favorite pastime was laughter and whose favorite word was “chill.” At 18,…

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One Act That Improves Kids’ Emotional Health

This year, both parents and educators can do something about their students’ wellbeing and future success. The suggestion may sound so simple, we can miss it. After surveys in a variety of countries, however, one act (on the part of an adult) can move the needle for our kids’ emotional health. Are you ready for…

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Can We Develop Students Through Artificial Intelligence?

Perhaps you heard the announcement. The president and CEO of Toshiba, Satoshi Tsunakawa, warned recently that the 142-year-old Japanese electronics giant may fold soon. They’re finding it hard to keep the company afloat. Let me remind you of why this is such incredible news. For decades, Toshiba was at the forefront of the tech revolution.…

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How to Help Teens Through Emotional Times

Let me begin this blog with a brash, even stark observation: We live in a very emotional time period. Not only are adults divided over our nation’s politics right now, expressing volatile emotions, but our kids are navigating extreme emotions at a high level. Students often find it difficult to negotiate the alarming amount of information…

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Smarter or Dumber: How We Evaluate Our Intelligence

Have you ever wondered—are people getting smarter or dumber over time? Are we really evolving into more intelligent human beings, or not? And if we are, how do you explain the poor behavior many intelligent people might exhibit from time to time? I actually think it’s a good question. The fact is, IQ scores are…

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The Power of Social Emotional Learning: Podcast #40

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. With over 20 years of educational experience, Dr. Carstarphen has an impressive record of transformative educational leadership. She will also be a speaker at our upcoming National Leadership Forum 2017. Below are some highlights from our conversation. Here…

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The Rise of Visual Intelligence

Developmental psychologists have reminded us for years that people learn in different ways. Students, for instance, may be auditory learners, visual learners or kinesthetic learners—but all have to sit in the same classroom with a teacher who cannot possibly invest the time to specialize in each learning style. In fact, most educators lean toward utilizing…

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Six Steps to Help Students Practice Better Emotional Hygiene

Follow @TimElmore After listening to Michael elaborate on his painful year in 2014—which included spending time in rehab for alcohol, losing a job, fighting with three girlfriends, and incurring deeper debt for college—he looked at me and mused, “Life is hard.” He’s right, you know, and for tens of millions of young adults from Generation…

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Top 5 Articles: The Secret to Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids

I appreciate everyone who reads, comments, and sparks continued research through our blog articles. I wanted to take this week to post the top 5 articles that have helped leaders like you over the last 10 years. Today’s article is “The Secret to Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids.” We live in complex times. As I work…

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