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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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One Important Resolution to Make This School Year

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I just read some research that confirmed what I suspected for years. Even though students in Generation Z (those growing up in the 21st century) desire to “make the world a better place,” volunteering is down, not up. Yes—you read that correctly.  Here is a quick summary of the…

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The Dark Side of Alexa and Siri for Your Kids

48shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn This summer, I witnessed something I never anticipated in a young child. I was visiting a friend’s home who had three young children. They also have Alexa, a smart speaker in their kitchen. His kids are growing up with artificial intelligence around them all the time—smart phones, smart watches,…

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What School Is All About

4shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Growing Leaders recently hosted a RoundTable for Principals in Atlanta. It was a joy to hear from best-selling author Dan Pink, authors Will Parker and DeeAnn Turner and an educational panel made up of Julie Diaz, Gary Davison and Dorothy Jerrett. One of my favorite learning moments, however, occurred…

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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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Sometimes Leadership Is a Life or Death Situation

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Sometimes helping students goes far deeper than our usual activities on a typical day. Take Sheila Fedrick’s situation for instance. Sheila is a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines. She’s a fifteen-year veteran and is good at her job. Typically, this means she has a pleasant attitude and serves nice…

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Leading Student Athletes Who Don’t Think They Need a Coach

11shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Two years ago, UConn women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, did an interview just before the Final Four. It was re-posted on Facebook a couple of months ago and has gained traction again with so many coaches across our nation. Ole’ Geno didn’t pull any punches in the interview. After…

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How to Launch “Design Thinking” in Your Classroom or Home

7shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn “The single best step I took to get students engaged in my classroom,” said one faculty member, “was to move from my typical lesson plan to using design thinking.” Have you tried “design thinking?” It’s a practice that’s gaining interest among educators, coaches and even parents across our nation.…

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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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