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Teaching Kids Gratitude (Why It Leads to Success)

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In our Spike Coaching program, gratitude is a key marker of whether a student will launch a successful Spike project. This trend speaks to the necessity of teaching kids gratitude. We include tips on how parents can cultivate this trait in their teens.

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How To Build Confidence in Teens

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Confidence is what we feel when we believe in ourselves. How can parents help their teens build this superpower? And how can teens supercharge their confidence through our Spike Coaching program?

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Self-Motivation For Students & How Parents Can Help

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Self-motivation can be hard for students to build and maintain. How can they practice motivation as a skill? How can parents support them?

The Importance of Self-Reflection for Students With Ambition

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The importance of self-reflection for students appears in both a Spike project and colleges applications. But how do you cultivate this skill that is essential for lifelong learning and success?

Learning to Rest

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It’s a hard lesson, but sometimes you need to slow down in order to go faster, and sometimes you need to lay down in order to run.

The Future is Why

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In a world of rapidly increasing change, it’s no longer sufficient for students to learn hard skills and facts — the ‘what’. To thrive in this new environment, they need to develop purpose — a ‘why’. This blog post explains why purpose is so important for today’s youth and provides some guidance for how you can develop your own ‘why’.

Teaching at the Frontier: Innovation at Dwight School

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We ran several innovation programs with Dwight School in New York, and faculty from four different Dwight campuses around the world. Learn more about our takeaways here.

Spike Stories: Meet Jessica Cheng

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In this installment of our Spike Stories series we look at Jessica (Johns Hopkins, ’22) who created an initiative to help kids with microtia.

Catching up with Johnny after MIT Launch

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In this post we check in with Johnny, who at the time had recently returned from participating in MIT’s Launch Program. Talking to Larry, Johnny shares about his experience at Launch, how he got accepted, and gives an update on his journey so far toward college.

How To Pick Your Spike

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Not all achievements are impressive, and some Spikes are better than others. The question then becomes: “what makes something impressive to U.S. colleges?” In this post, we’ll give you a glimpse into our own coaching process, and the questions we have students answer in order to determine if their Spike is worth pursuing.

What’s Your Passion?

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When it comes to developing a deep achievement Spike, passion is an essential ingredient. But for most students, discovering passion is no easy task. Like most students, you probably have too many interests and even deciding on a place to start is a challenge.