Conversations in Education

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty and administrators think all the time about how we support our students. In this space each month we’ll provide links, resources and inspiration about teaching at Prep and education in general.

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty read and talk a lot about education. Each month we highlight a few memorable pieces or videos. Our goal is to make the process of parenting, learning and living a little saner, to put things a little more in perspective. These articles will be chosen by Prep teachers and administrators.  If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.

 

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Sarah Cooper, Dean of Studies

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty read and talk a lot about education. We look forward to bringing the conversation to you. Each month we'll highlight a few memorable pieces or videos that you can share, reflect on or use right away. Our goal is to make the process of parenting, learning and living a little saner, to put things a little more in perspective.

These articles will be chosen by Prep teachers and administrators, bringing educators' perspectives home to you.  If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.

As we gear up for another school year, here’s an item that makes all teachers feel good, and two articles that offer food for thought. Lahey’s article in particular got me thinking about Prep's philosophy of asking students to take responsibility for their own learning.

"They asked some people on the street to talk about their favorite teachers. The answers are perfect." by Megan Kelley, Upworthy

This video is under three minutes and will make you smile you as your children head into a new school year. It might even drive you to thank a teacher in your own past.

“You can’t fake it as a teacher because the students will pick up on that. You really do have to love the kids you’re working with.”

"If Pressure and Hovering Don’t Help Children Succeed, Why Is It So Hard to Stop?" by KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times

In the wake of a story about suicide and stress on college campuses, the author asks parents to look in the mirror about the perfectionist tendencies we impose on our children.

“Many students...had been pressured by their parents and their culture to define success in only a very narrow and specific way: not only do they need to be perfect in every academic, co-curricular and social endeavor, but that success must also appear effortless. Students must achieve, and look happy while they do it.”

“What Do Students Lose By Being Perfect? Valuable Failure” by Holly Korbey, Mindshift

This article beautifully summarizes the themes of Jessica Lahey’s new book, The Gift of Failure. It also gives real-world advice for stepping back a little and giving our children room to succeed on their own terms.

“Stop bringing forgotten homework to school, Lahey tells the parents of her students. And stop stressing over how your daughter will do on next week’s quiz: instead, focus on what your daughter can learn if she does it all herself, without nagging and pestering and pressure.”

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