Teaching

How Role Models Influence Youth Strategies for Success, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

How Role Models Influence Youth Strategies for Success

As teenagers grow to young adulthood, who are their role models? Who do they emulate? Why? The most popular article at Roots of Action this past year has been What is a Role Model? Five Qualities that Matter to Teens. Collected from my research on highly successfully, civically-engaged young people, […]

Resourcefulness
Cheating in School: Learning vs. Mastery, by Rick Ackerly M.Ed

Cheating in School: Learning vs. Mastery

To banish cheating in school, we must change the culture of school. To change the culture, we have to measure what matters. Students don’t cheat when the culture values speaking up, asking questions, and making a difference to others, because cheating serves no purpose. When students are on a mission, […]

Curiosity
Teaching Children Perseverance and the Value of Work, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Teaching Children Perseverance and the Value of Work

America Rice, age 11, recently expressed her views about hard work and perseverance: “If you want something,” she said, “you have to earn it. Everything is not going to come to you just when you want it.” How do children grow up to think and feel like America Rice? How […]

Resilience
Teach Your Child to Be a Skeptic, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Teach Your Child to Be a Skeptic

Being a skeptic has been given a bad rap in modern society. Why? Because skepticism is often confused with cynicism. Let’s explore the distinctions and why it’s important to teach children the art of becoming a skeptic. A cynic distrusts most information they see or hear, particularly when it challenges […]

Curiosity
All Children Have Special Needs, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

All Children Have Special Needs

Do you parent, teach, or mentor a child with special needs? Of course you do! As you know, the term special needs is most often associated with disabilities. It usually refers to a child who needs special assistance or accommodations for medical, psychological, or learning deficits. But have we allowed […]

Self-Awareness
The Immeasurable and Enduring Role of Teachers, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

The Immeasurable and Enduring Role of Teachers

Do you ever think about the role of teachers in your life? Those from grade school, sport teams, or mentors from after-school activities? I hadn’t thought about mine for quite sometime. That is, until I recently received a small package from Bill Mash, an 82-year-old who is grieving the loss of […]

Curiosity
Mindful Warriors: Meditation for Teenagers, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Mindful Warriors: Meditation for Teenagers

Can meditation positively affect teenagers’ lives? Absolutely it can! Research in neuroscience and attention provides evidence that meditation strengthens the neural systems of the brain that are responsible for concentration and generating empathy. Becoming more mindful helps children and adolescents better regulate how life circumstances impact their mental health. I […]

Self-Awareness
Why Good Grades May Harm Student Health, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Why Good Grades May Harm Student Health

Good grades are positive, right? The answer is not as straightforward as you might imagine. Of course, good grades are terrific. That is, unless the stress of getting them causes children to fail at developing the abilities that matter much more than grades. Even for children who naturally perform well […]

Compass-Inspired
Parent Involvement: A Two-Way Partnership with Schools, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Parent Involvement: A Two-Way Partnership with Schools

I’ve been an advocate for parent involvement in education for many years. But throughout those years, one of the most challenging tasks has been to define this two-way partnership. What is it that parents and teachers need to understand about working together? And why is this partnering so important to student […]

Compass-Inspired
Entitlement: Feelings that Follow Students to College, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Entitlement: Feelings that Follow Students to College

You’ve likely heard the term entitlement, defined by the American Psychiatric Association as “unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with expectations.” In today’s college environment, a new term has emerged called academic entitlement. It refers to a student’s expectation that they receive high grades, regardless of performance. While it’s […]

Resilience
David McCullough Jr. Claims Everyone is Special, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

David McCullough Jr. Claims Everyone is Special

When David McCullough Jr. delivered the commencement address at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts in 2012, it turned out to be more special than anticipated. Why? Because McCullough was gutsy enough to speak words rarely heard by teenagers. “You are not special,” he said. “You are not exceptional.” As he […]

Compass-Inspired