Lingo, Language and Concepts for Early Socialization

An important part of any education is supporting the process of socialization for children.  Socialization is elevated in a progressive school because the nature of interpersonal relationships is a foundational philosophical and curricular element.  This emphasis facilitates the creation and maintenance of a community of people working together to achieve common goals.  Socialization begins, of…

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Building Rockets, Rocking Chairs and Responsibility in Shop

A quick perusal of the Merriam-Webster dictionary yields rich and nuanced definitions of the adjective responsible and the noun responsibility. These are words that we as parents and teachers direct at our children and students with great regularity, “I need you to be more responsible about not leaving your skateboard on the stairs,” “While Mommy’s…

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Foundations of Literacy: The tip of the iceberg and what lies beneath

To many parents of young children, the most visible aspects of learning to read and write are the things that appear to be the nuts and bolts:  decoding (sounding out) words, spelling, and handwriting.  These are the things that many adults remember learning and working on in their own schooling, and perhaps they are the…

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Math Instruction at The School in Rose Valley

What is it about the teaching and learning of Math that makes it such a “hot-button” issue?  How often do you hear, “I’m not good at Math?” When do we turn kids off to math in our schools?  Why is it that Americans, in general, are not very good Mathematicians? It’s Math, right?  Factual…correct or…

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Values and Practices Define Education

While we have been reforming public education in the US practically since its inception in the 1800’s, right around the time I entered college, Terrel Bell, Education Secretary during the Reagan administration, released a frightening and fatalistic report called “A Nation at Risk.”  It was written as “an open letter to the American people”, rather than…

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