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Why Discipline Is Better Than Punishment

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Some time ago, I spoke at an educator event in Missouri. During the Q and A period, a gentleman raised his hand with a deep concern: “Today, it seems like we’re quick to penalize (even suspend) students for wrong behavior more quickly than when I was in high school.…

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How Generation Z Shops and What It Means for Us to Teach Them

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn If you are communicating with middle school, high school or college students, you already know they’ve grown up in the digital world. They are the Touchscreen Generation, also known as “screenagers.” It may surprise you to discover, then, that 98 percent of them still shop in brick and mortar…

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Three Ways to Beat Social Media Addiction

15shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn For three years, we’ve heard teens say in our focus groups that they are “addicted to social media.” In fact, it’s been said so often, it almost sounds cliché. Today, however, some of the early pioneers of social media platforms admit they purposely created features that not only lure…

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Are We Really Wasting Time When We Play?

5shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Last month, I enjoyed hearing best-selling author Daniel Pink at our RoundTable for Principals in Atlanta. Dan shared some highlights from his newest book, “When,” which is all about the science behind the best ways to leverage our time. Part of his session was about when we (and our…

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What Effective Leaders Know About Handling Conflict

14shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn We live in a day of irony. When I look at our society, I see more conflict today than we’ve had in the past—politics, gender equality, racial equality, immigration, you name it. At the same time, it feels like we don’t know how to handle conflict in a productive…

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The Fine Line Between Free Speech and Inclusive Language

2shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Earlier this year, a firestorm erupted between guardians of “free speech” and those who are trying to safeguard inclusive language. I’d like to hear your thoughts. A handful of students from Syracuse fraternity “Theta Tau” held a private “roast” this past semester. They lambasted others who were not present,…

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Happy Independence Day

4shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Today we celebrate our past. Independence Day is a remembrance of our ancestors that make up American history. Forefathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin sacrificed their lives to live out what they believed. They fought for American independence and won our freedom in the 18th…

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The Role of Social Emotional Learning in Overcoming Anxiety

3shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn 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…

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