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When to Rescue and When to Risk with Students

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I know a young adult male—we’ll call him Sam—who manages depression and has anxiety attacks from time to time. As a young professional he’s attempting to cope with his reality, but over the last two years, he’s resorted to smoking pot, consuming too much alcohol and vaping. He’s gotten…

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Three Ways to Evaluate Students Without Using Grades

5shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Jillian is a rising junior who is obsessed with her academic scores. When I spoke to her, she admits to losing sleep over them, being preoccupied with keeping up with fellow students and even enduring an anxiety disorder because of them. Even though Jillian wants good grades, they hold…

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Three Common Missteps Leaders Must Avoid

3shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I read two articles recently that caught my attention. They did so because each published a report illustrating a moral failure that 21st-century leaders commit far too often. In fact, we hear stories like this every year. I believe our problem is—we value production over principles. Ford Knew Their…

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What We Can Learn from the Perry Preschool Project

7shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Recently, I wrote about James Heckman who evaluated the GED Program results after five decades and recorded his findings. Heckman is an economist and a 2000 Nobel Peace Prize Winner from the University of Chicago. He noticed that even young adults who earned their GED (General Education Development) were…

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Six Ways to Separate Your Kids from Their Phones

17shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Do you remember what life was like before we had smartphones? How about life before cell phones? I do. And while I love my iPhone today, sometimes I miss the days when we weren’t tethered to our portable devices. The New York Times recently ran an article that caught…

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Leading Adolescents Through the Paradox of Their Teenage Years

5shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Teenagers experience a strange paradox. During adolescence kids feel two chemical tugs on their heart that can seem contradictory. On the one hand, they feel pulled toward independence and autonomy as their brains are being pruned and they seek to find their unique place in society. It’s during this…

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The Importance of Reducing Moral Hazards with Students

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Last year, two educators shared a similar story with me about students who learned how to work the “school system.” Each of the students purposely did poorly on their exams at the beginning of the school year. They answered questions almost randomly. By midterm, they put more thought into…

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Does What We Watch Really Affect Us?

11shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I got flack from a college student when I released the first Habitudes book that included an image called, “Personal Laptop.” This principle teaches that our minds operate much like a personal laptop computer: they go with us everywhere we go and record the content we put in them.…

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The Connection Between Incentive and Entitlement

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I have two friends who are sales people. Neither of them receives a base salary for their job, but both are making a good paycheck each month. They work completely off of commissions. When they make a sale, they make some money. Not only is their career going well,…

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