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The Work of Innovation

“…the core skill of an innovator is error recovery not failure avoidance.” – Pixar University’s Randy Nelson Innovators simply tweak a relatively ordinary experience to seem new. Think: Howard Shultz, Starbucks CEO, repackaging coffee (a substance humans have been drinking for thousands of years) building a whole new market. Think: Steve Jobs of Apple, building …

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On Being Sick

As we enter the winter season, this year’s class of bacteria and viruses will be waiting to greet students with open arms. While no one intends to be sick, sickness is an inevitable part of life. Yet, once sick, students resist taking time to rest, so as to “not fall behind.” Sickness is disruptive, forcing …

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Simple Tips For Learning

If you’re the new kid in school, smile often. If you’re not the new kid in school, invite the new kid to sit with you at lunch. Park in the furthest parking spot away from campus.  A little sunshine can be just what’s needed to rejuvenate the grey matter. Say “hello” to your teachers daily.  Don’t be …

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To Learn Is..

To know yourself, in order to not be overly edited by others. Photo credit: unknown Related PostsCollege Admissions & Financial Aid 101: The Expanded Edition Part 2: Learning May Not Be Simple–The Student’s Perspective The Bittersweetness of Choosing a College Where is the “Middle” in Middle Class? College (Un)Affordability: Real, Perceived or A Little of Both?

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Gotta Read ‘Em All

Let the summer reading games begin! In this corner, Whatever Novel that your kid does NOT want to read, but is required to read for Class X! In this corner, Kid + Team Distraction—Instagram, YouTube, XBOX, Hulu, Sleeping In…you get the picture. Additionally, parents may wonder if summer reading is a cruel revenge fantasy of …

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Parenting Is Neither Simple Nor Straightforward

As if there needs to be more evidence of the complicated relationship between parent and child, the October 2013 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll results stated that 55% of those surveyed would die for their children; yet of those same folks, only 10% would die for their parents. So, while parents may willingly sacrifice themselves, their …

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Thinking of Others + Ingenuity + Space = Innovation

A teacher colleague once described middle school students as, “Hormones with feet.”  These middle schoolers break the stereotype.  And, at the same time, the ‘tween girls earned Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge top award of $15,000, plus technical support to bring their invention to life. Don’t underestimate the power of youth.   Related PostsGrade Inflation is …

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There’s No Excuses

Elementary school has recess for a reason – pent up little kid energy can get in the way of focusing on the academic task at hand. Adults and teens are no different; we just have to be more deliberate about making “recess” in our lives. If The President and Vice President can do it, there’s …

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Resting on Our Laurels

“It’s not enough what I did in the past — there is also the future.”  Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, commented when asked continuing her work as a pioneering neurologist at 100 years old.  I was struck by her matter-of-fact attitude, that a life’s work doesn’t have a “done” point.  The tendency to rest on our laurels …

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Ahead of the Curve: October 29, 2013

From the News: College Financial Aid Drops – Families Pinched, San Francicso Chronicle October 23, 2013 Is College Tuition Too High? Of Course (Not), Higher Education Data Stories Blog October 15, 2013 So Many Students – So Little (Counseling) Time, Sacramento Bee October 28, 2013 From Clients: On-going Common Application Technical Issues:  From recommenders not …