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Three Ways to Relieve Teen Anxiety Today

17shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn The rise in anxiety, depression and panic attacks in our students today should give every one of us pause. It is astoundingly high. Anxiety and depression in high school kids have been on the rise since the early 2000s after several years of plateau. It is a reality that…

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Getting the Most Out of Advisement Period

3shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Thousands of middle and high schools in the U.S. have changed “homeroom” to a block of time called, “Advisement Period.” It’s usually a period anywhere from 25-40 minutes at the start of a day that students can focus on non-academic topics. Or, they can simply waste time. Too often,…

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What Short-Term Thinking Does to Our Kids

16shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Have you read the latest updates on the largest college admissions bribery scandal in our history?  The original story was—at least 50 parents paid bribes to get their children admitted into prestigious universities, like Stanford, Yale, UCLA, Wake Forest, USC and others. It was an atrocious attempt by parents…

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Six Defining Characteristics of Generation Z

191shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I wish you could meet Lizzy. Or Dane. Or, for that matter, Seth and Carly. These students have all been born since September 11, 2001—a marker in our U.S. history that will always divide those born in the 20th century from those born afterward. I was with these students…

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Three Steps to Help a Student with a Learning Disability

2shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Today’s blog is from Nautrie Jones, a contributing writer for the Growing Leaders Blog. Nautrie is the Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America where she manages coaches, develops strategy, and designs trainings focused on content, pedagogy, classroom management, racial identity development, culturally responsive teaching, and adaptive…

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The Dark Side of a College Student’s Brain

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I know. That’s quite an audacious headline for a blog article, isn’t it? In fact, you may suspect the content would be rated NC17 or X, assuming I’m talking about students’ preoccupation with parties, sex and drinking. But I’m not talking about those topics. I am talking about what’s…

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“In Other Words” – Why is Teaching with Images so Effective? (Part 1)

26shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Over a period of five days, I plan to blog about the research and history behind the idea of teaching with pictures. It’s actually quite fascinating, and sets up our release of three Habitudes® resources this month. Yesterday, we took a brief look at history and how cultures engaged…

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