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Six Strategies for Building Perseverance in Students

7shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I recently listened to an interview between two neuroscientists and a group of elderly people, all over the age of 80. In the conversation, it became clear that some of these elders were losing their short-term memories and even experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. They spoke to the…

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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 Truth and Myths About Student Learning Styles

3shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Judy Furlich has taught high school students for 18 years. She still considers herself a “young educator” even though she’s older than the millennials. She told me for the first decade of her teaching career, she felt connected to her students. She was able to engage them in classroom…

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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 Leaders Who Made a Difference for Generation Z

8shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Jacob and Alexa are both sophomores in college. They’re like millions of other 19-year-olds in the U.S. They’re savvy to what’s happening in culture. They are smart and make good grades, and they plan to, one day, own their own company. Unlike millennials, however, Jacob and Alexa don’t feel…

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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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Seven Steps to Help Students Create Margin and Reduce Stress

17shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Gary Davison, Principal of Lambert High School, noticed the rise in stress and anxiety levels in his students and decided to think outside of the box. When he asked students why they were so “stressed out,” many said it was because they had demands on both ends of their…

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Becoming a “Free Range Leader” for Generation Z

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Over the last 18 months, I’ve been collecting stories from “heroes” in the world of student work, athletics and education. These are people who stand out among their peers; they make moves that not only engage Generation Z students but equip them with skills they will need as they…

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