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“A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world.”  Atticus – Happiness

“A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world.” Atticus – Happiness

06/06/2021

How do you stay happy in a cruel world? When bad things happen, students have to make choices about how they'll protect themselves. Some choose to fight back against the people or events which caused them pain, thinking that they have the power to change the world into somethi ..
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“If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.”  Lao Tzu – Humility

“If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.” Lao Tzu – Humility

06/03/2021

Do humble people make good leaders? To most students leadership is about confidence and being in front of the crowd, setting the example, showing the way. The assumption is that to be good leader you have to act the part and maintain that confident edge and undying belief in y ..
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“You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.” Janis Joplin – Goal-Setting

“You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.” Janis Joplin – Goal-Setting

05/27/2021

Should we worry about our future? It’s no secret that most kids tend to ‘live for the moment’ rather than planning for their futures. Living in the now has its benefits; instant gratification, less anxiety, and a sense of freedom. Worrying about what happens tomorrow rui ..
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“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”  Margaret Mead – Education

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead – Education

05/23/2021

What is the purpose of school? Most teachers agree that skills and content are important components for a quality education. Debate erupts over which is more important. Some argue that teaching a person how to think should be the primary focus. Others argue that teaching conte ..
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“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.”  Mahatma Gandhi – Peer Pressure

“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.” Mahatma Gandhi – Peer Pressure

05/20/2021

When is going against the crowd the right thing to do? Peer pressure is real. Many students choose to follow the crowd to avoid the repercussions of not following. They feel safer, less alone. It doesn’t mean the followers fully "buy in" to the crowd beliefs or actions, but ..
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“Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.”  Judy Garland – Self-Efficacy

“Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” Judy Garland – Self-Efficacy

05/16/2021

Are role models healthy for us? The old adage "Just be yourself" looks good on paper, but gets pretty scary in the real world when we must rely on our own instincts to make decisions. Dangers abound. What if we make a mistake and hurt somebody? These fears - fueled by lack of ..
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“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”  Marcus Aurelius – Self Awareness

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius – Self Awareness

05/13/2021

What in life is actually in our control? The power of self-awareness isn't obvious to us. We may feel ourselves at the mercy of life, that life just happens to us. When things don't go our way, we may throw our energies into changing other people and events to make things righ ..
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“Self-trust is the essence of heroism.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self-Trust

“Self-trust is the essence of heroism.” Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self-Trust

05/09/2021

What makes somebody a hero? Everybody respects heroes because they rise above and do extraordinary things. Common wisdom sees heroism as something you attain from serving others. Think of the firefighter who saves lives, or the patient who fights off illness. But, maybe herois ..
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“Knowing what must be done, does away with fear.” Rosa Parks – Fear

“Knowing what must be done, does away with fear.” Rosa Parks – Fear

05/02/2021

What is the best way to overcome our fears? Fear is a force that can be debilitating for kids and adults alike. Fear obstructs clear thinking and fuels anxiety in a way that makes it hard to work and be successful at anything. Uncertainty is often behind our fears. When we do ..
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“Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank – Civic Engagement

“Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank – Civic Engagement

04/25/2021

Can we really make a difference in the world. When students are told they can change the world, many don't believe it. They think making the world a better place is for the people who are in power, not the average person, but doing small things can make a big difference.  Wha ..
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“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never achieve it.” Marie Curie – Achievement

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never achieve it.” Marie Curie – Achievement

04/13/2021

Should we strive for perfection? So many of our students feel pressure to be the perfect athlete, student, or friend. This feeling is accompanied by a pervasive fear of failure and the possibility that they might let others down. When we fall short of perfection, students have ..
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“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.”  Indira Gandhi – Trust

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” Indira Gandhi – Trust

03/31/2021

How do we know when to trust other people? Trust requires that you must set aside your feelings of suspicion and agree to work with people in good faith. Sometimes trust is difficult to attain, yet to live and solve problems with other people, we need to trust them. Trusting o ..
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