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In this episode, David talks with the Principal at Gloucester County Institute of Technology, a progressive high school near Philadelphia focused on academics and preparing students for careers, James Dundee, about building connectivity and rapport with students, developing well-rounded individuals for society, how to teach ownership and responsibility, and more.
- Having connectivity and rapport with students
- Hopefully a model they will take for themselves and continue
- Encouraging staff to offer a friendly face
- You don't know what kind of day the student has had prior to coming to school
- Want to identify if a student is struggling - dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, sudden loss, etc.
- Connectivity of the students knowing that people are there for them
- Want students to see the human side of teachers and authority
- “I think that's important for the students to have an understanding that these adults, although there's an authoritative role, it's also a role of coming out of care, and understanding.”
- Developing well-rounded individuals for society
- Mindset of everybody gets a trophy/everybody is a winner
- Teachers that failure is not okay- never learned to fail or overcome that failure
- Generational gaps- older people weren't all given a prize
- You have to get out of the mindset of being a victim
- If you’re going through stuff, you have to care for yourself first. Pull yourself up.
- Rely on friends, family, teachers, but be able to lift yourself out- take ownership for your mistakes
- Everybody wants to save everybody out of a situation instead of letting them learn from it
- How do you teach ownership of actions
- Don't allow student to push things off on anyone or anything- ask them exactly what was their role in the situation
- Progressive approach- ask them after what they earned, what are the next steps, how do we help you never make this mistake again?
- If you constantly beat someone down they will never grow and never change
- Never give up on someone and make sure they know you never will