A Letter to the Inquisitive Parent: Improving Communication at Home

Posted by Betsy Bennati on Sep 7, 2016 4:02:01 PM

Dear Inquisitive Parent,

I am writing this letter to assure you that your child does learn "something" in school each day; they may even learn more than one thing!  "Why is she writing this," you ask? Well, as a parent and an educator, I know I, and likely many of you, have made the mistake of asking a child what he did in school on a given day.  Yes, I called it a mistake. While teachers often employ the use of open-ended questions in the classroom in order to elicit varied and creative responses, asking a student what they learned in school leads some parents to receive the habitual, vague, substance-lacking response, "Nothing."  After all, a routine question likely receives a routine response, just as a thoughtful question likely receives a thoughtful response. You are interested in your child's education and school day, but how are you supposed to have a conversation when you're not even sure she can remember anything they studied?  You trick her into telling you, that's how!

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Topics: students, learning, School, communication

Encouraging Healthy Student Eating Habits

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Feb 9, 2016 11:40:55 AM

Much has been written about the French school lunch program, which is considered to be superior to the usual American school lunch. Though many American school lunches are underwhelming for students, at Montgomery School, an independent school in Chester Springs, the family style lunch program is considered part of the curriculum. The food is prepared in the school's kitchen, and as they do in France, faculty members sit with the students, and the students take turns waiting on the table and doing other lunch-time chores.  

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Topics: Healthy school lunch, healthy eating, students