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Teachers Traveling the World

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Feb 15, 2017 3:20:19 PM

Teachers love to learn, and opportunities for faculty professional development are widely available. For schools, an investment in faculty development pays great dividends because teachers bring their experiences into the classroom on a daily basis. Conferences, online courses, and ongoing training will all deepen a teacher's practice. These opportunities will also affect students by modeling lifelong learning, curiosity, and minds open to challenge. In addition to these options, my school has implemented a very successful program that awards a faculty travel grant each year. Giving a teacher grant money specifically for designated for travel is an excellent way to enhance a teacher's professional development, and to broaden student learning in the classroom. 

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Topics: Education, teaching, faculty, Travel

You Don't Need A Cape To Be A Hero: The Power of Character Education

Posted by Liz Maginnis on Feb 2, 2017 12:15:38 PM

In the era of Marvel superheroes it is very easy to think superpowers are a necessity to make a positive impact. Our students are faced with so many pressures in today’s society and are constantly being told by mainstream media how to dress and act, and what to believe. This constant cloud of negativity hinders their ability to tap into their own extraordinary talents. The solution to this dilemma is character education. Character education teaches students that they don’t need the speed of The Flash or the strength of The Hulk to be an influential and successful human being.  All they have to do is to tap into their own superpower, which is embracing the person they are and the person they want to become.

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Topics: schools, , character, Education

Math is All Around Us

Posted by Lynn Vessey on Nov 10, 2016 9:56:01 AM

Often students do not recognize that math is all around them.  They know it is a subject
 they have to take in school, and some even enjoy it.  But they often do not appreciate that it is in almost every facet of their lives.  One of the best ways for students to appreciate is by doing. Adults can help students by helping them incorporate math in their everyday activities.  Here are a few activities to help students appreciate the omnipresence of math.

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Topics: Education, math

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in School and at Home

Posted by Patty Baumeister on Aug 16, 2016 11:36:50 AM

On the first day of school, I tell my students that the hardest thing I am going to ask them to do during the year is to THINK. I don’t want them to repeat my words or recite from a textbook, but rather to give me mindful answers that they have thought about. I often start the day with a “Question of the Day.” Some examples are: Why are most barns painted red? Why do dalmatians have spots? What is your favorite day of the week? I am never disappointed with their answers. Actually, my students often think of things I didn’t, and I find great joy in sharing their responses with parents and my colleagues.

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Topics: Education, learning, questions, critical thinking, Thinking

Is Your Child Spending Enough Time Outdoors?

Posted by Stacey Kley on Jun 20, 2016 11:59:52 AM

The benefits of being outdoors have been proven, both for children and adults. In September 2010 the National Wildlife Federation published an article by Kevin Coyle entitled Create High Performing Students. The research he cites reveals that outdoor education, greener school grounds and more outdoor play time in natural settings contributes to some of the following benefits:

  • Usefully employ all of a child’s native intelligences, ranging from math and science smarts to interpersonal communications
  • Quantitatively increase student motivation and enthusiasm to learn
  • Help students concentrate for longer periods and help mitigate attention deficit problems
  • Help students to learn across disciplines and make them better real-world problem solvers
  • Measurably improve classroom performance in math, science, reading and social studies.
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Topics: Education, learning, outdoor education, healthy kids

Creating Synergy: Math & Art

Posted by Betsy Bennati on Jun 3, 2016 10:03:34 AM


In my fifth grade math class, students learned about fractions as they created works of art. When I first introduced the unit on fractions, I noticed my students were struggling with the concept. In an effort to combat the initial nerves of learning something new and complex, I asked students to use a ruler. I discovered that the students first had to learn to properly use the ruler itself, to understand about increments of an inch. Then, they began drawing straight lines on an x/y axis. The final result was a beautiful piece of art made one straight line at a time! Here’s how it worked:

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Topics: Education, learning, math, art

PreK-8: A Design in Support of Childhood

Posted by Sally Keidel on Apr 27, 2016 1:35:21 PM

As the Head of a school that enrolls four year olds through fourteen year olds, I am often asked “Why do you end in middle school? How does this serve children differently from other school models?” These questions have opened the door to many valuable discussions about the benefits of a school that culminates in 8th Grade. I witness the value of a PreK-8th Grade program in our classrooms and in the interactions between our students, faculty and parents every day, but with all the different educational options available to families, why should you consider sending your child to a PreK (or Kindergarten) through 8th Grade school? 

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Topics: Education, elementary schools, middle school, PreK-8th grade

Student Recommended TED-Ed Videos

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Apr 13, 2016 11:24:40 AM

 

Kindergarten students learn to share, and as adults we try to remember those early lessons. Middle School students also love to share, but they enjoy sharing information. A group of sixth grade students was asked to review videos on the site TED-Ed and to recommend their favorites through a class blog. Students previewed videos here, and shared their favorites with their peers. Find some student recommendations below:

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Topics: Education, videos, Technology, Blogging

Raising Your Middle School Child

Posted by Jon Hall on Jan 12, 2016 4:10:22 PM

Parenting a middle school aged child can be a nerve-wracking (but very rewarding) experience. Last September, The Huffington Post published an article called, “Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wished You Knew”. I found the four excerpts below to be particularly relevant and directly related to what I often hear from students and parents alike. Similar frustrations and challenges are felt by parents everywhere, as are the joys of parenting a middle school child. 

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Topics: adolescence, teenagers, Education

How to Reinforce Learning at Home

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Dec 14, 2015 4:02:23 PM

Ideally, education is a partnership between a family and a school. There are many ways to strengthen that relationship, and clear and respectful communication is a necessary component. Parents can also help to reinforce classroom learning by encouraging children to share and apply what they have learned at home. When a child is enthusiastic about learning, they not only retain information better, they also expand their skills as they find new ways to use what they have learned. Classroom lessons that feel relevant to “real life” outside school tend to stick with students longer. Applying lessons at home can also be fun. Most importantly, being involved with your child’s learning can strengthen family bonds.

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Topics: adolescence, family learning, learning at home, Education

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