By Kevin James O'Brien | Curated content to help guide students, parents, and teachers throughout the high school year.

2 Ways We Can Shift Our Own Attitudes To Be More Productive

The way we view the world isn’t static. Here are two science-backed ways we can hack how we think to be successful.<p>Isn’t it fascinating that stories from long ago that we hold of ourselves and of others and that others hold of us find their way into our present? And maybe more than just find their …

4 Life Lessons That Lead to Happiness, Success and Longevity

University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.<p>They devote a great amount …

The 10 Essential TED Talks for Growth Leaders

I have been a devoted TED conference attendee since my first experience in Monterey more than 10 years ago. Each year, I am fascinated by the eclectic mix of fellow attendees; scientists, philanthropists, billionaires, authors and entrepreneurs who come together to exchange and debate ideas. These …

Tony Robbins

Mr. O'Brien's Advisory 2014-15

Gentlemen, <br>Today I had the opportunity to meet with (most of) your parents. <br>(If we didn't meet, I will connect with them soon.) <br>I look forward to …

8 pieces of advice for thriving in a world of constant change |

On a trip to the Bahamas in 2012, I got the chance to feed a group of grey reef sharks. Now, feeding sharks is not an activity to be taken lightly. …

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21st Century Storytelling

Plagiarism, Copyright, Authorship on Flipboard

By Kevin James O'Brien | Students need to learn the perils of plagiarism - it can tarnish your name and follow you forever.<p>How to prevent accidental …

Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the day may help teens get more rest.<p>As the lazy days of summer give way to the painful reality of pre-dawn alarms, many kids are beginning their descent into chronic school-year sleep deprivation. The median school start time in …


The power of introverts | Susan Cain


2014 Weinberg College Convocation Address by Daniel Pink


RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us


Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …


Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops – Lingua Franca - Blogs

At a teaching workshop last week, a new faculty member asked me how I felt about students using laptops in the classroom. I replied, “I ask students …


7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

As a beginning teacher I knew that it was important to connect with parents and to build a positive relationship with them, but at times I wasn't …