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30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth

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Practical Tips for Productive Living

Via John Michel, David Hain, Ivon Prefontaine
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Sometimes we need little reminders about how to stay connected with our humanity and the humanity of others. I found this to be inspiring. 

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John Michel's curator insight, May 5, 2013 8:52 PM

Scientists have suggested that, with a little willpower, it takes roughly 30 days for a person to form a new habit.  As with mastering anything new, the act of starting and getting beyond the preliminary stage where everything feels awkward is 80% of the battle.  This is precisely why it’s important to make small, positive changes every day over the course of at least a 30 day period.


Linda Allen's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:29 PM

I'm up for the challenge--how about you?

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Syracuse school leaders are taking the right approach to discipline (Commentary)

Syracuse school leaders are taking the right approach to discipline (Commentary) | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
The disciplinary problems facing in the district have been around for decades.
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Way Better Than New Year's Resolutions

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Way Better Than New Year's Resolutions - The Huffington Post
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Education Revolution: Help Us Reach the Tipping Point

Education Revolution: Help Us Reach the Tipping Point | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
You can help build a directory of resources for self-directed learners.
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Watch a Comedy This Weekend. Really. It's Good For Your Health. » FinerMinds

Watch a Comedy This Weekend. Really. It's Good For Your Health. » FinerMinds | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Laughter is a key component of a happy life, and it can have a powerful impact on your physical and mental health.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

More evidence about the benefits of laughter.  Have you laughed enough today? This week?This month?

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Why You Don’t Need an Elevator Speech

Why You Don’t Need an Elevator Speech | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
How many people have you met in an elevator who turned into an important or lasting relationship? I didn’t think so.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

Oh thank goodness for a little dose of practicality and being real! This is liberating for me.

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Queens HS confines failing students in an outdoor trailer

Queens HS confines failing students in an outdoor trailer | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
This school treats its most troubled students like trailer trash, whistleblowers say. The principal of William Cullen Bryant HS in Long Island City, Queens, has rounded up more than 20…
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

When will we learn to support and teach students instead of just punishing and segregating students? These children may need supports that are different than their peers, but they are still people and they can be hurt like anyone else. 

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Bring Home These Cultural Souvenirs

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You can hoard all the shot glasses you want on your next trip, but they’re not going to guide you to a higher echelon of personal fulfillment.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

I love to travel! I love the stories I create and experiences I have in new places. I've never intentionally brought home a cultural souvenir.  I like this idea. 

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Be Happy: 46 Proven Techniques to Increase Your Happiness and One Way to Get More Sex | Brad Aronson's Blog

Be Happy: 46 Proven Techniques to Increase Your Happiness and One Way to Get More Sex | Brad Aronson's Blog | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to be happier. Almost everyone loves being happy (and sometimes we desperately need to be happier), so why not see if we can find more of a good thing.
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Capacity or Deficit? An Examination of the Lens that Educators Use to View Student Disability

Capacity or Deficit? An Examination of the Lens that Educators Use to View Student Disability | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Speakout! - Peakparent
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Its all about the adults' point of view.

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Six Happiness Myths...

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Nearly all of us buy into what I call the myths of happiness—beliefs that certain achievements (marriage, kids, jobs) will make us forever happy and that certain adversities (health problems, divorce, having little money) will make us forever...
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Why Companies Are (Finally) Falling All Over Each Other To Become Best Places To Work

Why Companies Are (Finally) Falling All Over Each Other To Become Best Places To Work | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Smart companies have figured out that happy workplaces mean bigger bottom lines and winning the talent battle. Which is only good news for you.
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It's Time For a Global "Family Meeting". What If We Lived in a World Where We Treated Everyone Like One of Our Own? » FinerMinds

It's Time For a Global "Family Meeting". What If We Lived in a World Where We Treated Everyone Like One of Our Own? » FinerMinds | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
In this short but powerful video, the very idea and structure of family is put under light questioning, as it seems that the conventional way of looking at it highlights some barriers that could be broken.
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Blood doesn't make family, acceptance and non-judgment make family. 

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Bridge : Changing course toward more effective public schools

Bridge : Changing course toward more effective public schools | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
By the beginning of fourth grade, the point at which we can accurately predict long-term learning outcomes, only 33 percent of American children are at ...(read more on Bridge.)
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

We've been talking about public school reform since the early 80's with A Nathion At Risk. Sometimes I really wonder what it is going to take to make meaningful change to create a system that creates happy, healthy adults. This list gives me a little hope that while this is a slow process, we can and are, moving in this direction.

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Boosting Self-Worth Can Counteract Cognitive Effects of Poverty - Association for Psychological Science

Boosting Self-Worth Can Counteract Cognitive Effects of Poverty - Association for Psychological Science | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

Do you have favorite strategies for boosting the self-worth of students who live in poverty?

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Harvard Education Letter

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While Their Kids Sleep, These parents Pull Of This Amazing Stunt...

While Their Kids Sleep, These parents Pull Of This Amazing Stunt... | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Click to Enlarge - While Their Kids Sleep, These parents Pull Of This Amazing Stunt...
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

Spend a minute with any one of these pictures and you will be transported into your imagination! What a simple, yet amazing project. I curious about how others create magic with imagination for your students or families! 

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Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference

Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
After a morning Discipline With Dignity training, the high school principal and I walked to the cafeteria to eat lunch. He said, "I love your session, but it's not practical." I responded with my vie
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

I know everyone is super busy, but give yourself a few minutes to check this one out. I think you'll feel better and so will your students or the teachers on your team. 

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Go Ahead: Ask Your Employees If They're Happy

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It can boost their satisfaction and performance.
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Zen and the art of management - FT.com

Zen and the art of management - FT.com | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Every day, twice a day, for the past 20 years, the executive charged with investing tens of billions of dollars for Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund thinks of nothing. He does this by sitting silently and saying a word inside himself.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

Have you tried to practice meditation? 

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Three hours is enough to help prevent mental health issues in teens

Three hours is enough to help prevent mental health issues in teens | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
The incidence of mental health issues amongst 509 British youth was reduced by 25 to 33% over the 24 months following two 90-minute group therapy sessions.
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Jean Anyon Dies at 72; Wrote ‘Ghetto Schooling’

Jean Anyon Dies at 72; Wrote ‘Ghetto Schooling’ | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Professor Anyon, who taught at the City University of New York, asserted that the problems that plague urban schools are inextricably linked to larger social ills.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

Thank you Dr. Anyon for your contributions to the well-being of children in poverty.

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Feeling Angry, Resentful, or Self-Critical? Make the Positive Argument

Feeling Angry, Resentful, or Self-Critical? Make the Positive Argument | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
I’ve discovered an almost uncannily effective strategy to keep myself from going into downward spirals of resentment, blame, and self-accusation — when, for instance, I find myself
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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

What a great overview happy habits! You may do some of these already, but there might be a new one in her for you too. Try them out! What's the worst that could happen--you get happier?!

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Not Allowing a School to Administer Corporal Punishment

Not Allowing a School to Administer Corporal Punishment | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
What do you do when your child brings home an unexpected “Corporal Punishment Consent Form”?
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

Banning corporal punishment seems like a no-brainer to me. What am I missing here? What makes this okay?

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Students' happiness at school goes a long way in learning

Students' happiness at school goes a long way in learning | The Energized Leader | Scoop.it
Got out an old study of school climate that my good and faithful research team conducted a fistful of years back.
Mary Meduna, PhD's insight:

This seems like common sense when you read it, but I think school climate gets pushed aside too often when we talk about student performance. I think that many teachers and adminstrators have moved away from creating need satisfying environments because of the high pressure to "make" kids perform. This pressure has created a more restrictive environment for the students and for the staff. Yes, I think we can have both--high performing AND happy students. In fact, I will even say that in order to have high performing students we must teach kids and give them the space to be happy. I'll go even one step further and add that the environment also needs to be need satisfying for the adults. (The difference is that the adults have the power to create the environment, the students do not).

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 16, 2013 6:29 PM

We are more likely to learn if we are in a good frame of mind. Eudomic happiness is such a frame. It helps us recognize students are not anxious, fearful, upset, etc.