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Teach Different

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This is a podcast for conversations - real conversations about ideas that matter. Every week, we use the same 3-Step Method to break down quotes from the world's greatest thinkers and we tackle themes like anger, civic responsibility, kindness and humility. Join us in our quest to build critical thi… read more

128 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

“Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Teach Different with Nelson Mandela - Resiliency

January 8th, 2023


How should I be judged by other people?

We all know the feeling of being judged. Many times others look to our accomplishments to judge whether or …

"It's better to be alone than in bad company." Teach Different with George Washington attribution - Character

December 14th, 2022


How do we know if somebody is good or bad?

Kids are in the midst of making so many ethical choices about the types of people they should be hanging …

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." Teach Different with Herbert Spencer - Education

October 9th, 2022


What is the purpose of education?

Our society has always struggled to agree on the purpose of education. Some say the purpose is for students to acquire factual knowledge of subjects. Others argue that the real purpose …

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” Teach Different with James Clear - Success

September 25th, 2022


How do we create systems so that individuals can be successful?

Success comes from a confluence of forces. Sometimes, it is the sheer will of the …

“Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank.” Teach Different with Simon Sinek - Leadership

September 11th, 2022


What makes a great leader?

Great leadership is about having influence. To get that influence, leaders use whatever tools they have. For some …

"If you are going through hell, keep going." Teach Different with Unknown Author - Determination

August 28th, 2022


What is the best way to respond to hard times?

Tough times greet all of us in varying degrees. The challenge is how to figure out exactly how we …

“The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better tomorrow.” Teach Different with Simon Sinek - Perfection

August 14th, 2022


What is perfection?

Motivation looks different to different people. For some, striving towards perfection is the greatest motivator for excellence. For others, who take a more incremental approach, just getting better …

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." Teach Different with Soren Kierkegaard - Mindfulness

July 31st, 2022


Which problems are worth solving?

We are often told to be mindful of each other, our surroundings and ourselves. Implicit in this concept of …

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” Teach Different with John Maxwell - Leadership

July 24th, 2022


Is it possible to get buy in to a vision if there isn’t buy in to the leader?

There's a familiar saying "You can't teach kids until you reach kids." The idea here is that you have to develop a rapport with the people …

"Try to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud." Teach Different with Maya Angelou - Happiness

July 17th, 2022


How do we support others without instilling a sense of dependency?

Everybody has bad days. At those times what we all need is to have somebody pay a little attention to us and pick up our spirits so we can gain strength …

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Teach Different with Ralph Waldo Emerson - Mindfulness

June 26th, 2022


How do we recognize our power to live in the moment?

Living in the moment is hard. There are forces acting against us. There’s the past which weighs us down and often causes depression and fear. And then there’s the …

"I am because you are." Teach Different with Ubuntu Philosophy - Interdependence

May 1st, 2022


We are all individuals, yet we are all also part of families, schools, teams and peer groups. Our identities are shaped by what we think of ourselves …

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” Teach Different with William Shakespeare - Communication

April 24th, 2022


How do you know when to speak up?

We're always telling kids to listen and to speak their mind. What we rarely do is help them discern when it is appropriate to listen and when it makes more sense to speak. Some suggest …

"The first duty of society is justice." Teach Different with Wendell Phillips - Duty

April 17th, 2022


Justice is often defined as a sense of fairness and equality which society has a natural obligation to bring about. Seen in this way, justice is a first priority that when met will yield all other benefits to citizens. …

"You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep." Teach Different with Navajo saying - Education

April 3rd, 2022


Can you motivate people who are reluctant to learn?

Motivating people to do things is exhausting, and many times futile. It happens in the classroom with students who are reluctant to do work. Sometimes the reluctance …

"To handle yourself, use your head, to handle others, use your heart." Teach Different with Eleanor Roosevelt - Social Awareness

March 20th, 2022


When should you have empathy for others?

Sometimes it's important to follow rational thinking to solve problems. In those cases, turning off our own …

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Teach Different with Booker T. Washington - Self-development

March 13th, 2022


When should you put others' needs above your own?

When we come to the aid of others, we also become happy ourselves by virtue of doing the right …

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” Teach Different with Elbert Hubbard - Decision Making

March 6th, 2022


Should you fear mistakes?

We all know what it feels like to be afraid of doing something. We hesitate, delay and ultimately choose to do nothing and …

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Teach Different with an African Proverb - Cooperation

February 27th, 2022


How do we know when cooperation is the best strategy for success?

Working with other people is hard if you like to work fast. You have to slow down, compromise and wait for people to catch up to your pace. On class …

"Conscience doth make cowards of us all." Teach Different with William Shakespeare - Decision Making

February 20th, 2022


Is it brave to do the right thing?

Thinking about the right way to act requires patient and careful thought. Acting from a good conscience in this …

“It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” Teach Different with Ella Fitzgerald - Goal Setting

February 13th, 2022


Should we look to the future or past for guidance?

Finding our purpose in life is a confusing journey with competing forces acting against us. On the …

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." Teach Different with Rosa Parks - Self-Awareness

February 6th, 2022


Should we be a role model for others?

When we are being watched by others, we are compelled to do the right thing and that benefits the world. Being …

"To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." Teach Different with Lau Tzu - Self-Discipline

January 30th, 2022


Should you always try to get what you want?

We tell our minds to speed up, make decisions, satisfy our desires and create quick solutions to our …

"Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Teach Different with Martin Luther King, Jr. - Love

January 23rd, 2022


Is love more powerful than hate?

Love is a powerful force in the universe. That much is true. What's unclear is just how powerful love is and whether …

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn." Teach Different with Helen Keller - Goal Setting

January 16th, 2022


How do you know when to adapt your goals?

Rarely to we achieve our goals by following the exact path we set at the beginning. Instead, we experience …

"If you're going through hell, keep going." Teach Different - Determination

January 9th, 2022


What is the best way to respond to hard times?

Tough times greet all of us in varying degrees. The challenge is how to figure out exactly how we …

"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." Teach Different with Shirley Chisholm - Acceptance

December 19th, 2021


How hard should we try to be accepted by others?

Being excluded for unpopular opinions hurts. Being excluded because of race, gender, ethnicity or …

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Teach Different with Muhammed Ali - Success

December 12th, 2021


How do we know which risks are worth taking?

Everybody wants success, however it is defined. That is clear. The confusion comes when we think about the best way to go about getting success. Some people carry the logic …

"Begin with the end in mind." Teach Different with Stephen Covey - Goal Setting

December 5th, 2021


How do we know if we should change our goals?

Setting goals forces us to picture success before it happens. If we are able to create a picture of …

"Curiosity is deviant" Teach Different with Ian Leslie - Education

November 14th, 2021


What's the best way to use questions?

Not all questions are the same. Some challenge authority, break rules and send people down new pathways of …

"Good leaders must first become good servants." Teach Different with Robert Greenleaf - Leadership

November 7th, 2021


What does it take to be a good leader?

Sometimes leadership means control and enforcement of rules. The leader must demand compliance from followers. …

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Teach Different with Aristotle - Critical Thinking

October 31st, 2021


What is the mark of an educated mind? 

When we hear a new idea, our first instinct is to accept the idea without question, either because we have intuition that it is true or we simply trust the messenger. Accepting …

"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth." Teach Different with Plato - Honesty

October 24th, 2021


Should we tell the truth?

Everybody hates to be lied to. When that happens, we feel anger and dissapointment. There is a sense of betrayal, a loss of …

"Reject the tyranny of being picked. Pick yourself." Teach Different with Seth Godin - Self-Reliance

October 17th, 2021


Do we have control over our own success? 

There are few things more frustrating than having to wait for other people to decide your future, whether …

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Teach Different with Robert Louis Stevenson - Leadership

October 10th, 2021


How should you show confidence?

The only thing worse than being afraid is for others to see you that way. Fear diminishes a person's ability to lead …

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Teach Different with Albert Einstein - Success

October 3rd, 2021


Should we strive for success?

We often think of success in life as being tied up with the external rewards we get like money, fame or power. Life is …

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Teach Different with Nelson Mandela - Education

September 26th, 2021


What is needed to change the world?

Most agree that you can't change much in the world if you don't have the knowledge of what needs to be changed. With education comes understanding, perspective and a keen awareness of …

"The greatest remedy for anger is delay." Teach Different with Seneca - Anger Management

September 19th, 2021


How should we act when we are angry?

Anger is one of those emotions that we say is inherently dangerous and unpredictable. When we're angry, we are …

"I knew that if I waited for permission, I'd never receive my turn." Teach Different with Shirley Chisholm - Self-Advocacy

September 16th, 2021


How do you know when you should stand up for yourself?

Children are taught from a young age that when they want something they should wait their turn …

"The measure of a man is what he does with power." Teach Different with Plato - Power

September 12th, 2021


Does power reveal our true character?

Being a good person is hard enough. It's even harder when we occupy positions of authority. Authority gives us leeway to deal with others in whatever way we want, and carry through …

"We suffer more in imagination than in reality." Teach Different with Seneca - Happiness

September 5th, 2021


Can our imagination make us happy?

Happiness is something that everyone wants. Sometimes, though, our imaginations create anxiety and actually prevent us from experiencing happiness. We make things worse than they …

"The greatest teacher failure is." Teach Different with Yoda - Growth Mindset

August 29th, 2021


Do you need to fail to learn?

From a young age we are taught the value of learning from our mistakes. The logic goes something like this, when we make mistakes we see opportunities for improvement and learning. Failure …

"Wisely and slowly, they stumble that run fast." Teach Different with William Shakespeare - Decision Making

August 22nd, 2021


How do we know when the cautious approach is the right one?

Students sometimes rush into decision-making without forethought. They do it with term papers, for class projects, and even in their relationships. This …

"The greatest effort is not concerned with the results." Teach Different with Buddhist Master Atisha - Goal Setting

August 16th, 2021


How do you know when hard work is worth it?

Students are always being told to do their best and that there is intrinsic value to putting in a hard …

"With self-discipline, anything is possible." Teach Different with Teddy Roosevelt - Self-discipline

August 15th, 2021


How do we know when self-discipline is in our best interest?

Self-discipline is hard for students. It requires that they shut out distractions, …

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Teach Different with Winston Churchill - Success

August 8th, 2021


Is failure necessary for success?

Student success is often determined by achievements, like getting a job, acing a test, or winning a competition. Failure is seen as the opposite of success, and something to avoid at …

"Anger never helps solve a problem." Teach Different with Dalai Lama - Anger

August 5th, 2021


Should you ever use anger to solve problems?

Students must learn how to solve all kinds of problems. Some problems are academic; others are …

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything." Teach Different with Malcolm X - Character

July 29th, 2021


How do you know when you should change your values?

Of the many elements of a strong character, none is more important than a person having a strong …

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” Teach Different with Maya Angelou - Determination

July 15th, 2021


How do we know when to give up on change?

We're always telling children that it's important not to complain about things and that it's always better …

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." Teach Different with Albert Einstein - Happiness

July 8th, 2021


What’s the best way to lead a happy life?

When kids talk about strategies for living a happy life, they often talk about goals, like getting a great job or becoming famous. If they reach that goal, then that's clear …

"Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be." Teach Different with James Baldwin - Freedom

June 27th, 2021


Can we decide to be free?

Freedom is an often used yet really complex concept. Many consider freedom something that is granted to them, something they don't have to work for. Others see freedom as something denied, and …

"Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be." Teach Different with Alice Walker - Power

June 24th, 2021


What makes one person more powerful than another?

We constantly compare ourselves to others, often concluding that they have it much better than we …

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” Teach Different with Marcus Aurelius - Anger Management

June 20th, 2021


What is the best way to overcome your enemies?

Enemies have a way of bringing out the worst in us. They make us act and think in mean ways. When we mimic the behaviors of our enemies we get revenge on them and feel a …

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." Teach Different with Sun Tzu - Conflict

June 19th, 2021


Is fighting the best way to get what you want?

Conflict consumes people of all ages. What makes conflict so taxing is the uncertainty in knowing how to deal with it in healthy ways. The simplest way to think about …

"A disciplined mind leads to happiness. An undisciplined mind leads to suffering." - Teach Different with the Dalai Lama - Discipline

June 10th, 2021


Do we control our own happiness?

Teachers and parents alike espouse the value of focus. With focus, children appreciate the value of the moment and …

"A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world." Teach Different with Atticus - Happiness

June 6th, 2021


How do you stay happy in a cruel world?

When bad things happen, students have to make choices about how they'll protect themselves. Some choose to fight back against the people or events which caused them pain, thinking …

“If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.” Teach Different with Lao Tzu - Humility

June 3rd, 2021


Do humble people make good leaders?

To most students leadership is about confidence, being in front of the crowd, setting the example, and showing the way. Some assume that to be good leader you have to act the part, …

“You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.” Teach Different with Janis Joplin - Goal-Setting

May 27th, 2021


Should we worry about our future?

It’s no secret that most kids tend to ‘live for the moment’ rather than planning for their futures. Living in the …

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." Teach Different with Margaret Mead - Education

May 23rd, 2021


What is the purpose of school?

Most teachers agree that skills and content are important components for a quality education. Debate erupts over which …

"It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone." Teach Different with Mahatma Gandhi - Peer Pressure

May 20th, 2021


When is going against the crowd the right thing to do?

Peer pressure is real. Many students choose to follow the crowd to avoid the repercussions of …

"Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." Teach Different with Judy Garland - Self-Efficacy

May 16th, 2021


Are role models healthy for us?

The old adage "Just be yourself" looks good on paper, but gets pretty scary in the real world when we must rely on …

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Teach Different with Marcus Aurelius - Self Awareness

May 13th, 2021


What in life is actually in our control?

The power of self-awareness isn't obvious to us. We may feel ourselves at the mercy of life, that life just …

"Self-trust is the essence of heroism." Teach Different with Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Trust

May 9th, 2021


What makes somebody a hero?

Everybody respects heroes because they rise above and do extraordinary things. Common wisdom sees heroism as something you attain from serving others. Think of the firefighter who saves …

"Knowing what must be done does away with fear." Teach Different with Rosa Parks - Fear

May 2nd, 2021


What is the best way to overcome our fears?

Fear is a force that can be debilitating for kids and adults alike. Fear obstructs clear thinking and …

“Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Teach Different With Anne Frank - Civic Engagement

April 25th, 2021


Can we really make a difference in the world.

When students are told they can change the world, many don't believe it. They think making the world a …

“Have no fear of perfection, you'll never achieve it.” Teach Different with Marie Curie - Achievement

April 13th, 2021


Should we strive for perfection?

So many of our students feel pressure to be the perfect athlete, student, or friend. This feeling is accompanied by …

“What does not kill me makes me stronger.” Teach Different with Friedrich Nietzche - Perseverance

April 12th, 2021


Do you have to go through bad experiences to be a strong person?

Everybody experiences struggle. Sometimes the struggle ends up making the person more self-confident, stronger and better able to move forward to the next …

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist." Teach Different with Indira Gandhi - Trust

March 31st, 2021


How do we know when to trust other people?

Trust requires that you must set aside your feelings of suspicion and agree to work with people in good …

"We never shape the world...the world shapes us." Teach Different with Toni Morrison - Self-Determination

March 24th, 2021


Do you have influence over the world?

Students are in the midst of figuring out who they are and how they can influence the world. Some feel helpless …

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Teach Different with Mahatma Gandhi - Sacrifice

March 15th, 2021


Is sacrificing yourself for others always the right thing to do?

Sacrifice requires that we do things today that don’t have immediate benefits for ourselves; but help others instead. Students have generous hearts but, …

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Teach Different with Eleanor Roosevelt - Self-Esteem

March 14th, 2021


What is the best way to raise your self esteem?

All students know at some level what it feels like to be humiliated. When this happens, the person who is hurt has a decision to make, he/she can either buy into the …

"You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." Teach Different with Nina Simone - Self-Preservation

March 9th, 2021


What's the best way to deal with negative people?

Negative people are everywhere, in the classroom, at home, or at the workplace. We often feel trapped and forced to be patient with people who bring us down. Sometimes …

"With confidence, you've won before you've started." Teach Different with Marcus Garvey - A Group Conversation On Confidence

February 27th, 2021


Does a confident mindset guarantee success?

There's no denying that confidence plays a role in success. What's harder to determine is just what kind …

"If you have no critics, you'll likely have no success." Teach Different with Malcolm X - A Group Conversation On Success

February 21st, 2021


Do you have to have critics to succeed?

Taking constructive criticism can be difficult. It requires a person to resist the emotional need to lash …

"It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Teach Different with Frederick Douglass - Education

February 14th, 2021


Can people learn no matter how old they are?

While it is true that education is valuable to all of us at any age, it is also true that our energies …

“It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.” Teach Different with Epictetus - Stress Management

February 10th, 2021


Do we control our own actions?

Life throws unexpected events at us which take us by surprise. When crisis happens, we feel out of control. We are …

"Only you can control your future." Teach Different with Dr. Seuss - Self-efficacy

February 8th, 2021


Do you control your future?

If there is one message we send consistently to our kids, it's this: your choices matter. We want them to see the world …

"In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Teach Different with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Loyalty

February 2nd, 2021


Do you need loyalty to fight injustice?

Sometimes doing the right thing means that you will face scorn and ridicule from other people. This …

"Men are born to succeed, not fail." Teach Different with Henry David Thoreau - Perseverance

January 27th, 2021


Do we have control over our own success?

Setting aside the 19th century gender-biased language and applying the wisdom to all students, Thoreau is …

“Happiness depends on us.” Teach Different with Aristotle - Happiness

January 19th, 2021


Do we have the power to make ourselves happy?

Students think and talk about happiness all of the time. Some believe happiness is something we control …

"The function of freedom is to free someone else." Teach Different with Toni Morrison - Responsibility

January 12th, 2021


How do you know when to put other people's needs above your own?

Students of every age struggle with moral decisions about how to balance their own individual needs with the needs of others. Either way they decide, …

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." Teach Different with Stephen Covey - Diversity

December 17th, 2020


Does diversity makes us stronger?

Diversity is something many students confront for the first time in school. They are required to learn with …

"The only thing that I know is that I know nothing." Teach Different with Socrates - Humility

December 8th, 2020


Should we question what we are sure of?

All students have run across "know-it-alls," people who walk into a room and express supreme confidence with …

“A friend to all is a friend to none.” Teach Different with Aristotle - Friendship

November 29th, 2020


What does it mean to be a friend?

Students have strong opinions about friends. They are in the process of making friendships and ending them. …

"The best way to predict the future is to create it" Teach Different with Abraham Lincoln - Self-Determination

November 24th, 2020


Do we have control of our future?

Students are fed the consistent message that they can achieve anything in life if they work hard at it. They are in …

"Character, not circumstance makes a man." Teach Different with Booker T. Washington - Happiness

November 17th, 2020


How do you know when giving to others will make you happy?

Happiness is something all students want. The challenge is how to get it. Students often …

"Be mindful of the present, and the future will take care of itself." Teach Different with Lord Chesterfield - Goal-Setting

November 12th, 2020


What's the best way to plan your life?

Setting life goals is an activity we encourage young people to do. If you set goals for your future, then you …

"To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world." Teach Different with Dr. Seuss - Responsibility

November 9th, 2020


Do you have the responsibility to be a role model for others?

Many students assume they are just a number and don’t really matter in the world. They …

"All great achievements require time." Teach Different with Maya Angelou - Patience

November 3rd, 2020


Is patience a virtue?

Adults praise the importance of patience, telling kids that if they are patient and work hard over time, they'll be in a …

"Character, not circumstance makes a man." Teach Different with Booker T. Washington - Character

October 24th, 2020


Do you have control over your own success?

Character development is at least as important as the development of academic skills. A strong character …

"To lead people, walk beside them." Teach Different with Lao Tzu - Leadership

October 6th, 2020


Should great leaders follow?

Students understand the dynamics of leadership firsthand, both from the perspective of being a follower of their …

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong." Teach Different with Mahatma Gandhi - Forgiveness

September 29th, 2020


How do we know when forgiveness is the right thing to do?

Students know what it feels like to be hurt. When they are hurt, they have choices to make about how to treat the people who hurt them. These choices give them …

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." Teach Different with Michael Jordan - Teamwork

September 22nd, 2020


Do you need to work with other people to be successful?

The ability to work in a team is touted by teachers, employers, and coaches as an …

"Truth is the only safe ground to stand on." Teach Different with Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Honesty

September 15th, 2020


Should we always tell the truth?

Honesty is a character trait to which most people aspire. With honesty comes trust and respect from others. Without …

"The secret to education lies in respecting the student." Teach Different with Ralph Waldo Emerson - Respect

September 8th, 2020


What does respect look like in the classroom?

According to Emerson the key to learning is respecting the student. The learner has the keys to learning and teachers can teach anything by acknowledging the wisdom of …

"Our first teacher is our own heart." Teach Different with a Cheyenne Proverb - Self-Motivation

September 1st, 2020


Should our feelings be the guide for our actions?

Ask some people and they'll tell you to listen to your gut when you make decisions.  Ask others, …

"Independence is happiness." Teach Different with Susan B. Anthony - Freedom

August 25th, 2020


Can you be happy without freedom?

Happiness is about the most personal thing there is, and it comes in many shapes and sizes. If you ask Susan B. …

"Respect yourself and others will respect you." Teach Different with Confucius - Respect

August 18th, 2020


What's the best way to earn respect?

We all want respect. It's how we know we matter. You might think there a lot of ways to earn respect but if you ask Confucius, there is only one true way, respect yourself, and …

"It does not require many words to speak the truth." Teach Different with Chief Joseph - Communication

August 11th, 2020


How do we know when someone is telling the truth?;

The truth is, we never really know. Chief Joseph's quote states that you could get a good idea by …

"Your silence will not protect you." Teach Different with Audre Lorde - Self-Expression

July 28th, 2020


How do we know when to be silent?

There are times when words are helpful and there are times when we talk too much. According to civil rights …

"The only thing that I know is that I know nothing." Teach Different with Socrates - Humility

July 17th, 2020


Should we question what we are sure of?

Everyone thinks they know something, and we all question some things, but very few people question what they …

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." Teach Different with Lao Tzu - Goal-Setting

July 16th, 2020


Is goal-setting necessary for success?

Success doesn't come easy. We all know that. But, not everybody would agree with Lao Tzu, that goals …

"In a dark time the eye begins to see." Teach Different with Theodore Roethke - Perspective

July 13th, 2020


How do we know when to have hope?

One of the hardest skills to develop is the ability to see the world from different perspectives. This skill is …

“To do nothing is also a good remedy.” Teach Different with Hippocrates - Problem Solving

July 13th, 2020


How do we know when we should intervene to solve problems?

For most of us, when we see a problem, we try to solve it. The father of medicine, …

"Oh the things you can find if you don't stay behind." Teach Different with Dr. Seuss - Ambition

July 5th, 2020


How do we know when we should put others ahead of ourselves?

Everybody wants to get ahead. No one wants to be left behind. Dr. Seuss reminds us that …

"Disobedience is the foundation of liberty." Teach Different with Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience

June 22nd, 2020


Should we have the freedom to disobey rules?

Some people think that freedom gets in the way, that we should all conform because that's what rules are …

"It's better to be alone than in bad company." Teach Different with George Washington - Character

June 13th, 2020


Should we avoid bad people?

Kids are in the midst of making so many ethical choices about the types of people they should be hanging out with. There …

"Right makes might" Teach Different with Abraham Lincoln - Leadership

June 5th, 2020


Is doing the right thing the best way to influence others?

There are people in power, and there are people who want to do right. These two people are …

"There is no success without hardship." Teach Different with Sophocles - Hardship

May 31st, 2020


What does it take to succeed?

Going through hard times is something most everybody has to do. Some people face hardship and turn away. They become discouraged and think that success is unattainable. Others see hardship …

"Happiness is a direction, not a place." Teach Different with Sydney Harris - Happiness

May 25th, 2020


What is the best way to find happiness?

Happiness is one those concepts that students talk and think about a lot, but rarely define. They are encouraged to motivate themselves to set goals to achieve happiness but the …

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Teach Different with Abraham Lincoln - Self-Determination

May 19th, 2020


Do we have control of our future?

Students are fed the consistent message that they can achieve anything in life if they work hard at it. They are in …

"Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice." Teach Different with Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Self-Development

May 10th, 2020


When is the right time to put your own needs above others?

Students must make decisions in life about how to treat themselves and others. There is a …

"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority." Teach Different with Benjamin Franklin - Responsibility

May 3rd, 2020


Should you always follow the rules?

Everywhere a student goes there are rules, at home, in the classroom, and in society. The effectiveness of these …

"It is by suffering that human beings become angels." Teach Different with Victor Hugo - Suffering

April 28th, 2020


Do you have to go through suffering to be a good person?  

Suffering is a fact of life. Sometimes the suffering occurs on an individual level; others times it is shared with others. People react to suffering in very …

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer." Teach Different with Harriet Tubman - Dreams

April 14th, 2020


Is dreaming good for us?

Ask the students what they dream about and you are sure to get a wild variety of interesting answers. Students dream all of the time and some use them to set lofty goals for their life pursuits. …

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Teach Different with FDR - Fear

April 6th, 2020


How do we know when we should be afraid?

Fear is an emotion we can all identify with. Fear causes stress and discomfort, and makes us do things we …

"Isolation is a way to know ourselves." Teach Different with Franz Kafka - Isolation

March 30th, 2020


Is social distancing healthy for us?

The Coronavirus outbreak of 2020 drove society into isolation. Schools closed, and businesses shut down. Our …

"Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness." Teach Different with Seneca - Kindness

March 24th, 2020


Do all people deserve kindness?

When students interact with others, they have a lot of moral decisions to make. It’s hard for them to decide exactly how to treat other people, especially strangers. They often don’t have …

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Teach Different with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Conflict

March 17th, 2020


What's the best way to convert an enemy to a friend?

Every student knows a little something about enemies and conflict. They don’t get along with everybody and these inevitable conflicts force them to make choices about …

"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love." Teach Different with Maya Angelou - Success

March 11th, 2020


Can you be successful in life without doing what you love?

Success, students are told, comes from doing well in school, building friendships, and …

"The person with dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts." Teach Different with Albert Einstein - Imagination

March 3rd, 2020


Do you need knowledge or imagination to have influence in the world?

Some students are dreamers who live comfortably thinking about a world not yet created. Then, there are the ‘down to earth’ students who find comfort …

"The best fighter is never angry." Teach Different with Lao Tzu - Anger

February 25th, 2020


Is anger always self-destructive?

Anger is an emotion that all of us have to manage throughout our lives. Students get angry with their teachers, friends, and parents. It’s important for them to develop a self-awareness …

"He has the most who is content with the least." Teach Different with Diogenes - Happiness

February 18th, 2020


What does it take to be happy?

Students think that more is better - more money, influence, friends and good grades. The idea of cutting back on desire isn’t attractive, yet we can’t have it all. Throughout life students …

"Alone we can do little. Together we can do so much." Teach Different with Hellen Keller - Cooperation

February 11th, 2020


How do we know if working with others will make us better off?

Cooperation is not a foreign concept for students. They are told at all stages of life …

"You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say." Teach Different With Martin Luther - Responsibility

February 2nd, 2020


How do you know when you should speak out against injustice?

Responsibility is a scary word for students. It means that they should take ownership …

"Power must never be trusted without a check." Teach Different With John Adams - Social Awareness

January 28th, 2020


Should we trust people with power?

Students are no strangers to power. They have parents, coaches, and teachers exerting power over them and telling …

Why Teach Different?

January 24th, 2020


There’s only one thing that can capture student attention in an age of social media and an education system focused on data-driven instruction, and that’s unforgettable classroom conversations.  Listen to Teach …

The Story of Teach Different

January 11th, 2020


Listen to Teach Different's co-founder, Dr. Steven Fouts, share the story of Jarvis and how Teach Different's 3-Step Method was born in the fall of …

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