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Three Ingredients to Help Students Navigate Choices

5shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn A growing number of schools and families today believe offering students choices can increase their sense of “ownership” in their learning. I am among them. I’ve seen students come alive when their teacher provides them options for their next project, paper, or capstone assignment. As choices increase, we believe…

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How Great Leaders Create Engaged Cultures

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn After meeting with a national champion athletic coach, a president of a growing university and an amazing principal of a 3,600-student high school—I’ve drawn at least one conclusion about quality leadership: Great leaders create the campus culture. This means, when you arrive, you are the “Chief Culture Officer.” You…

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What You Can Do to Enable Kids to Grow Up

4shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn After a lively debate with a student group about the essence of healthy leadership, one student approached me with an indifferent attitude toward preparing to be a leader. When the subject came up of how slowly kids are maturing today, this male student said to me: “What’s the big…

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My Favorite Leadership Quotes

5shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Every year I post a list. It’s a list I think leaders like you will appreciate and benefit from. I’ve posted lists of my favorite leadership books, my favorite leadership movies and even my favorite leadership examples—and many of them are students! Today, I’d like to share with you…

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When Positive Words Negatively Affect Students

38shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’ve watched the influence of the words of leaders, teachers and parents for years now. Far too often, when we speak we’re only thinking about how we feel at the moment or what we’re thinking in that moment—not how those words will affect our kids. It isn’t until later…

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How to Manage Impulsive Reactions

6shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn When I asked student athletes recently what the number one change was that they’d like to make in their life—their response surprised me. Very insightfully, most of them agreed: “I need to be less impulsive in my decisions.” We live in a day where everything seems to be moving…

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Building Resilient Students: How to Get Out of Your Own Way 

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Eight years ago, researchers began to discover that children today acquire more allergies than children in past generations. For instance, no one had any idea why “peanut allergies” are surging in our day and age, since so many parents and schools are protecting kids from such exposure to peanuts.…

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When Achievement Becomes an Unhealthy Pursuit

15shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’ve committed my life to building student leaders—young people who are almost always ambitious and high achieving. The last two generations have grown up as students who are predisposed to believe they can and will change the world. But I’ve seen some kids cross a line when it comes…

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How to Decrease Entitlement: Combine Rights and Responsibilities

13shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn About a month ago, we posted an article on this blog page about how empowered today’s students are—possessing the ability to post content without the need to go through any authorities; to learn information without the need of an accompanying teacher or parent. You get the idea. One insightful…

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Design Thinking Could Be a Game Changer for Students

11shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Once in a while, I hear something that stops me in my tracks. I recognize I’ve just heard a life-changing idea. One of them surfaced this year. During a recent Twitter chat I participated in, one of the educator participants asked a question: “Have you heard of design thinking?”…

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