The middle school years are equal parts exciting, overwhelming and challenging for students, and it's important that they receive the right support during these transitional years. Recent research indicates that a pre-k – 8 school structure could be the best environment for middle schoolers.
"Fail fast so you can succeed sooner." This became a key takeaway from my presentation at 21st Century Learning International's 2017 Office 365 Summit in China, a conference that brought together educators from international schools across the country to share best practices for using Microsoft Office 365 in school. Upon sharing Sheri's words at the conference, one attendee tweeted that the quote was the most powerful insight he gained at the event.
In decades past, many educators shied away from explicitly teaching character, relying instead on sets of rules for students to follow. At STS, we view character education as a vital part of our mission to help children live and lead generously. Our students are the future leaders of our communities, and ethical decision-making and a concern for others are core tenants of moral leadership.
Yes, students need to have a clear set of expectations, but they must also possess the character, the inner voice, and the necessary social and emotional skills to navigate a complex 21st century world with integrity and grace.
Letterboxing is an increasingly popular hobby that combines the elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle-solving into a fun, environmentally friendly, low-tech, outside game that is great for kids preschool age and up!
Parents are the greatest experts on their children, and when they form partnerships with their children's teachers, they are able to give teachers a better understanding of their children's strengths, interests and edges so teachers are more equipped to provide the right type of support and guidance in the classroom.