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Linda Flanagan
Writer, researcher, editor, runner, and coach. Favors authentic learning and sane sports.
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Linda Flanagan Apr 18
High-school sports are great for kids. Until they're not. My latest on the mental health blowback from intense, year-round play.
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Linda Flanagan Mar 26
Edith, you put us all to shame. It’s Okay to Be Purposeless via
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Linda Flanagan Mar 13
This incisive piece by Rick Eckstein on the "Varsity Blues" scandal puts the debacle in context. It's the by-product of a system that already favors the wealthy.
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Aspen Inst Sports Feb 20
What if coaches were measured not by wins and losses, but by the personal growth of their athletes? Join us March 5 in Washington DC for this discussion with , , , & more. RSVP & more info:
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Quaglia Institute Feb 21
How Schools Can Help Students Develop A Greater Sense Of Purpose - Practical steps to assist students to find purpose
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Linda Flanagan Feb 27
Replying to @gokid_carpool
Thanks for reading!
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Quaglia Institute Feb 21
How Schools Can Help Students Develop A Greater Sense Of Purpose - Practical steps to assist students to find purpose
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Torri Wright, MA, SPED Feb 23
I love this. So many are still in this mindset. Building up and encouraging skills that are naturally goes a long way!
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NCSEAD Feb 25
Hear from , , , , and more about the ways coaches can support young people's social and emotional development at the release of on March 5:
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Meagan England Ed.S Feb 26
A substantial body of social science research going back decades has concluded that giving rewards for certain types of behavior is not only futile but harmful (link: )
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MindShift Feb 23
A substantial body of social science research going back decades has concluded that giving rewards for certain types of behavior is not only futile but harmful
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Linda Flanagan Feb 8
The best coaches and teachers reach kids the same way: through connection.
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Linda Flanagan Jan 29
At my school, kids play sports to get out of gym. It's universally loathed.
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Linda Flanagan Jan 29
What kids learn from sports may be more lasting and profound than what they get in the classroom:
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MindShift Jan 29
Teams made up of individual competitions, like track or tennis, can be unified by coaches who emphasize everyone’s contribution and build camaraderie. Teens might also feel a sense of purpose in sports that’s lacking in the classroom.
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Linda Flanagan Jan 26
Nice going, track coaches. Second only to Union Catholic--beating Westfield, Summit, and Governor Livingston handily. Impressive!
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Linda Flanagan Jan 18
Likewise, Tina! We all know the benefits of sports for kids: the mental health boost, the fitness edge, lasting friendships. But we should also be aware of the risks that go with some kids' sports, including binge drinking. The risk for college golfers? Gambling.
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Linda Flanagan Jan 16
Edith has it right: group exercise means camaraderie, a salve for loneliness, and a quick mental lift. I'm hooked, too.
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Linda Flanagan Jan 6
Pit bulls might be the best dogs around. Give 'em a chance, people.
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Linda Flanagan Dec 20
Here's a lovely read on the inevitability of decline, especially for us obsessive runners. A future without running is daunting. But if we're lucky, we'll all have to face it.
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