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10 Visible Signs of Stress in Students—and How to Spot Them

17shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I listened in on a conversation between young women recently. The girls were from various high schools and colleges, and they were talking about surviving school. I was struck by how much they used the term stressed out. It was the most frequently verbalized term in their discussion. Today,…

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Five Sources of Stress in Teens

13shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Chad lives with his grandparents whose income is so low they live well below the poverty line in his school district. Because the school is understaffed and has only one counselor, Chad is consistently living in distress, possessing no coping skills. Sara is bullied and sexually harassed as a…

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The One Question You Never Want to Hear from Students

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Parents tell me that their kids are asking them far fewer questions than they used to ask their parents when they were growing up. There’s nothing scientific about this observation, but I tend to believe them. Why? Because kids today have a portable device. They can Google. They can…

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Why the Government is Investing in Social and Emotional Learning

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I recently read a report that congress passed legislation this summer for landmark spending on social and emotional learning for American students. It represents $260 million in what congress calls the Whole Child Initiative. This means our federal government believes it needs to spend money on kids beyond the…

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Three Ideas to Handle Conflict on Social Media

2shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Something happened on television a decade ago that changed the face of public interaction. Do you remember what it was? It was ten years ago when incivility was officially ushered in by a huge personality who had little restraint. The person was Kanye West. It was the 2009 MTV…

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The Latest Research on the Mental Effects of Social Media Usage

28shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I have a deal to make with you. If you’ll read the research below on what screen time is doing to teenagers in America, and you feel it might be helpful for your young people to know about this research—print this article, grab a latte together and talk it…

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When to Rescue and When to Risk with Students

12shares 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

8shares 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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