004: 3 THINGS EVERY GRADE 9 HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

004: 3 THINGS EVERY GRADE 9 HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

I recently spoke to a group of soon-to-be high school freshmen and their families, on the eve of their official first day of high school.  As expected, they were excited, nervous and a bit tired after plunging into the cold bath that is an eight-hour school day after an eight-week hiatus.  I remember my summer prior to my freshmen high school year, known as grade nine in Canada, where I grew up.  It was a time of serious decision-making for me: Should I break up with my grade 8 sweetheart? Should I try out for the midget (also known as grade 9) basketball team? Should I order the crew neck sweater to accompany the rest of my school uniform, or, should I wear this throwback uniform sweater vest that I found at the Salvation Army thrift store?  I had to say “yes” to the sweater vest!  I also recall never getting any real advice before entering high school, unless I count my older brother telling me, “Ian don’t date any girls at that school”.

When I spoke to this group of ‘miner-niners’, an affectionately coined name given by grade 10s since, like forever, I didn’t mention the “don’t date any girls”, advice, even though I did follow it--by default.  Instead I decided to share three "tips" that would have been useful for me--and studies have shown--to build high school careers on.

003: A Muscle That Your Student May Not Be Using

003: A Muscle That Your Student May Not Be Using

In this episode we talk about the muscle that your student may not be using, that muscle is Bravery.  We are following up last week's episode a little bit with this topic, because a character from the book All American Boys, had to be very brave in order to live up to his values and morals.  That's why bravery is so important, it's a must have in order for your student to be themselves and live up to their potential.  In this podcast, Ian Brown will share the importance of being brave.  and how to help your student build their bravery muscle. 

002: The Biggest Lesson Your Students Can Learn From #BlackLivesMatter

002: The Biggest Lesson Your Students Can Learn From #BlackLivesMatter

In this episode we talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement through the lens of a teen novel called All American Boys By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely.  Also, Ian sheds light on why the #blacklivesmatter movement shouldn't intimidate you from talking to your students about racism, but should encourage and provides you with a golden relevant opportunity to talk to them about racism, violence, profiling, and so much more. 

001 : The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Student Stress

001 : The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Student Stress

Stress is like an odorless gas that could be dangerous at the slightest spark in a student’s life. Sparks include life-transitions, academic success/failure and peer-group issues, just to name a few. When the spark is ignited, students experience a circuit overload and they could become anxious, depressed, fearful and/or worried. Encourage your student to not ignore the stress but to courageously take a closer look.