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Five Challenges for a Great New School Year

A new school year. Will it be great? Are you looking forward to the challenges? If you are a parent or a teacher I’m jealous. I miss having children around every day. Their absence compromises my education. But maybe you aren’t … Continue reading

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Social Anxiety? Get Smart, not Mad

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, –Rudyard Kipling At lunchtime on the first day of fourth grade my best friend Jimmy stuck a deviled egg in my face and said “Eat it.” Back then, a deviled egg … Continue reading

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Our Culture Creates the Behavior We Hate

In school, being a successful person and having good social skills are completely different categories. The former is what report cards report, and the latter may sometimes also be reported—in a comment, perhaps, or in a “Social-emotional” section at the … Continue reading

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The Power of Human Imperfection: A Good Use of the First Day of School

Imperfections are such wonderful learning opportunities. Last week Meryl, anxious that her twelve-year-old daughter (we’ll call her Allison) still hadn’t done her summer reading, lost her temper one morning at breakfast and said in a voice twice its normal size: … Continue reading

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Vulnerability on the First Day of School: Weakness, Worry, Worthiness, and Seven Ways to Ensure Success

On the first day of school Leila’s mother said: “Leila was looking forward to school all summer. Then two nights ago she started getting anxious.” I know Leila struggles with “giftedness.” Nonetheless, I asked, “What was she anxious about?” “Will … Continue reading

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