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Courage of Famous Failures - Inspirational. Meet the team. Making the Case for Social Media in Schools | Edutopia. "Do you have a Twitter account? Do you use Instagram? " I ask those questions of all teacher applicants at Jackson P. Burley Middle School, and I'm surprised by how many people answer, "No. " Or, "Well, I set up an account a while ago, but I don't really use it. " I don't expect every person to be a tech expert with every type of social media.

When I started at Burley four years ago, the school had a Twitter account for informational purposes, and few teachers had accounts. Over time, more teachers began using Blackboard (now it's an expectation for all of our teachers), and more of them started using various forms of social media, mainly Twitter and Instagram. Here are some tips and ideas for bringing social media to your school. Social Media and PD Twitter is a great tool for exploring a wide range of possible resources and materials for PD, or for ongoing professional growth through real-time chats.

The Benefits of Social Media in the Classroom Instagram can also showcase student learning. Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve. The impact of mindset on student aggression and behavior - Growth Mindset Blog & Newsletter. My former student David Yeager and I have been very concerned about violence in school. The problem in high school gets worse.

People are shifting social groups; social labels are flying around, and kids are really stressed. If you add to this the common belief that people can’t change—that everyone is fixed in their roles and that you are always going to be picked on or always going to be a loser— then the conflagrations begin. In other words, we realized that students’ beliefs play an important role in this. David Yeager created a training program that taught students a growth mindset, the idea that people’s behavior is due to thoughts and feelings that can be changed. When we addressed the beliefs the students had, the students began to realize that people can have all kinds of motivation.

Interestingly enough, when we just taught students coping skills, without the growth mindset training, we found that it didn’t help them deal with aggression. The power of yet | Carol S Dweck | TEDxNorrköping. Blind Teen May Play For USC Football Team He Inspired in 2009. When faced with losing his second eye to cancer at the age of 12, Jake Olson wanted to watch his last University of Southern California Trojans football game in person and take it all in. He got his wish and met the team. Now a high school senior and totally blind, he may play for them.

USC Trojans' No. 1 Fan 'Fights On' With Help From His Football FriendsBoy's Cancer Battle Inspires USC TrojansBoston Bomb Victim Dances Her Way Back Despite Prosthetic Foot The California teen was diagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was 1 and lost one of his eyes, ABC News reported. Although the cancer came back eight times, he was able to beat it until he was 12 in 2009. That year, doctors told him he would lose the other eye. Though the thought of being totally blind scared him, Olson's one wish was to see the Trojans play one last time. "I want to take in as much as I can," he told ABC News at the time. USC head football coach Pete Carroll heard about it and invited Olson to practice. He was right.

Elmont Memorial High School student accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools - Apr. 4, 2015. Now comes the really hard part: Deciding where to go. He actually got into all 13 schools he applied to, including MIT and Johns Hopkins. "I am leaning toward Yale," he told CNNMoney. "I competed at Yale for Model UN, and I like the passion people at Yale had. " Some of the Yale students he met became his friends and mentors, offering advice on the college application process.

Ekeh, 17, founded a college mentoring program at his school, Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island in the New York city suburbs. Related: How this student beat the odds to get into Harvard American dream: Ekeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States when he was eight. "We had a fairly comfortable life in Nigeria, but they told me we moved to America for the opportunities like the educational opportunities," he recalled.

The salutatorian is quick to credit his parents, school and community for his success. "I am very humbled by this," Ekeh said. Related: 17-year old rejects Duke's rejection letter. Girl, 12, points out lack of girls in Dick's Sporting Goods catalog - Parents. Parents Marisa Kabas TODAY contributor 8 hours ago A little girl has made a big splash after a fiery letter she penned to the powers-that-be at Dick’s Sporting Goods was tweeted by her father. 12-year-old McKenna Peterson is an avid basketball player and fan and was inspired to write the letter after receiving a Dick’s catalog with little to no female representation. “She got angry,” her father Chris Peterson told Chris Peterson McKenna Peterson is an avid athlete. So she took to the computer to put her thoughts in writing.

In the letter McKenna shows wisdom beyond her years, writing, “I think girls should be treated as equally as boys are treated.” She continues: “There are NO girls in the catalog! Chris tweeted a photo of the letter before he and his family went to see a movie on Thursday. Representatives of Dick’s became aware of the letter and reached out to McKenna and Chris.

ESPN's Darrel Rovell tweeted the letter in full: “My daughter is awesome. Want to Stop Mean Girls? Raise Nice Girls, Instead | Katie Hurley. Once upon a time, fourth grade was the year that young girls began to have difficulty navigating friendships. For many years, I worked in a school for kids with learning disabilities. It was always during fourth grade that previously established friendships began to hit turbulence. Names were called. Gossip was spread. Feelings were hurt. The teachers always had to deal with the worst of it, of course, because the tears, eye rolling, and barely audible sarcastic comments had a way of surfacing the very moment the teachers started teaching. Some days, the girls resolved their own issues and the previously ex-best friends were new best friends again by the time the school buses lined the driveway.

It was a complicated system of friending and unfriending long before social media brought such a concept to our fingertips. I started a friendship club. A few weeks into the group, a wonderful thing happened. Empower them to help. Kill the sarcasm. Say what you mean. Like Us On Facebook | Close. 'Young Wonders' stepped up, changed the world. Three youngsters were honored this month along with the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012Jessica Rees made special "JoyJars" to bring happiness to young cancer patientsWill Lourcey and his friends are finding fun ways to raise money to fight hungerCassandra Lin's group collects used cooking oil and uses it to help people heat their homes Editor's note: Tune in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to catch the final re-airings of this year's CNN Heroes tribute show.

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" will air at 6 p.m. ET on December 24 and 4 p.m. ET on December 25. (CNN) -- Jessica Rees was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11, and she and her parents would drive to the hospital every day to receive outpatient treatment. "One day we were leaving, and she just simply asked us, 'When do all the other kids come home? '" When Jessica found out that many of them would have to stay at the hospital, she wanted to help "make them happier, because I know they're going through a lot, too," she said. Will Lourcey. How Do YOU Define Yourself Lizzie Velasquez at TEDxAustinWomen. Apollos Hester Makes Inspirational Speech After Football Game. By Alex Heigl @alex_heigl Feeling down? Need a Monday morning lift? Apollos Hester is here to help. The high-schooler from Austin, Texas, was interviewed by TWC News Austin's Lauren Mickler after a Sept. 19 game (Hester's East View team beat Vandegrift 42-41), and Hester took the opportunity to reel off a speech that's part TED Talk, part "I Believe I Can Fly.

" This is but a small sample of Hester's speech: "Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us. Other topics Hester covers: Your friends having your back, getting back up when you fall down, and how it's gonna be all right. If this whole football thing doesn't work out for him, Hester's got a real future in motivational speaking. 3-year-old born with just one arm has an incredible, and inspirational, golf game | Devil Ball Golf. Golf can be a frustrating game. Between all the moves we make with our golf swings, to the battles we have between the ears, it can be a nearly impossible game to master. Tommy Morrissey is trying to do just that, and at just 3-years-old, has a golf swing that any adult would envy. The only difference? Tommy was born with just one arm, yet still can smack the golf ball over 100 yards. Fox 29 out of Philadelphia caught up with Tommy and his family last week in Lindwood, New Jersey, and got to hear about how people react when they see Morrissey hit the golf ball with just one arm.

"They look at him and see how small he is and they say, ‘Awesome, the little guy can hit a golf ball," Tommy's father, Joe, said to Fox 29. A lot of times, we as golfers can get negative. Amazing Kids from History | Amazing Kids! Magazine. Amazing Kids! Magazine. 100 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Community. Young people are serving their communities at record numbers. Each year, approximately 13 million teens give 2.4 billion hours of service back to their communities. Here are some ideas for how you can make a difference: 1. Help teach a younger child to read. 2. Help cook and/or serve a meal at a homeless shelter. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. 99. 100.Visit to find volunteer opportunities in your area.

View Full Article. Middle School Students Make a Difference. America's Top-Ten Youth Volunteers for 2009. Top from left: Jeremy Bui, Brittany Bergquist, Colin Leslie, Morgan Mariner, Melissa Monette. Bottom from left: Shelby Romero, Shardy Camargo, Sean Nathan, Beatrice Thaman, Amanda LaMunyon. (Mark Regan) Thirteen-year-old Sean Nathan throws a big birthday party every month. But the Louisiana eighth-grader isn't celebrating the day he was born over and over again. Sean puts together parties for homeless kids who are staying in a shelter in his hometown of Shreveport. Sean received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award last week for his volunteer service. Sean and the nine other top youth volunteers were honored at a reception inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

The 10 national honorees each received $5,000, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for the schools or organizations that nominated them, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation to benefit the charities of their choice. Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions. An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right? Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school. It all started as a science fair project. Interested in applying computer science to promote environmental sustainability, Suvir decided he was going to figure out if there was a better way to minimize the constant flurry of paper and ink.

Reducing paper use through recycling and dual-sided printing had been talked about before as a way to save money and conserve resources, but there was less attention paid to the ink for which the paper served as a canvas for history and algebra handouts. "We were so impressed. Will government printers embrace a change? Top 10 Under 20: 10 Teenagers Who Changed the World in 2013. “Out of the mouths of babes…” or so the saying goes – but time has told us that actions speak much louder than words. When we talk about the up-and-coming bright young things, we tend to pay attention to the young graduates, the talented 20-somethings; but there are several young people who have made a significant impact on our world today who haven’t even left the teenage bracket yet.

Some energised and individually-minded young people have proven wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age, demonstrating their ability to change the world with their wits, their emotions, and ideas. These kids have taken advantage of their circumstances to make the world a better place, resulting in huge changes to our society. With the right connections, resources, and plenty of luck, these fresh-faced kids have influenced even the politicians most set in their ways in the right direction. The teens who made headlines this year for all the right reasons are from vastly varying backgrounds and cultures. 8 amazing kids who changed the world: Get ready. Interested in uplifting stories on the natural world, sustainable communities, simple food, and new thinking on how to live well?

Please enter a valid email address and try again! No thanks. Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up. Listen Have you ever set a goal for yourself, like getting fit, making honor roll, or being picked for a team? Like lots of people, maybe you started out doing great, but then lost some of that drive and had trouble getting motivated again. You're Not Alone! Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain it back again! The reality is that refocusing, changing, or making a new start on something, no matter how small, is a big deal. Getting Motivated So how do you stay motivated and on track with your goal?

First, know your goal. Make it specific. Getting Motivated (continued) Make it realistic. Let's say you want to run a marathon. Part of staying motivated is being realistic about what you can achieve within the timeframe you've planned. Write it down. Break it down. Then set specific daily tasks, like eating five servings of fruit and veggies and running a certain amount a day. Staying Motivated. Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students! A Pep Talk from Kid President to You. Meet the team. How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn. Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often.

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