Conversations in Education
From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty and administrators think a lot about how we support students. Each month in 2017-18, we are featuring a piece by a Prep faculty member or administrator that gives a slice of life at Prep. If you would like to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.
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.
September Newsletter: Stepping Back When You’re Tempted to Step In
The school year is just beginning, so we're offering, in this installment, some articles that offer the long view. The first two give perspective on how to let adolescents find their way on their own, emotionally and intellectually. The last one encourages us to ask questions focused not on the grade or the homework, but on the learning.
“How to Thrive in College" by David A. Kaplan, Fortune
This review of What the Best College Students Do, by the author of the excellent What the Best College Teachers Do, easily applies to middle and high school students as well. The article also features some unexpected insights about Stephen Colbert’s experiences in college.
When he went off to college—first Hampden-Sydney and then Northwestern—he immersed himself in philosophy, then theater and improv. Both taught him about “momentary” failure and disappointment, set against “the light of eternity.”
“The Passion of Parenting” by Charles M. Blow, The New York Times
Parenting is all about preparing ourselves for our children eventually leaving, and there is no perfect path. This is a beautiful piece that incorporates advice from Charles Blow’s mother.
She taught me that sometimes you have to make time for yourself so that you will have energy to give to your children. Allow them to have a pizza night every now and then. An occasional treat won’t hurt them, but working yourself to a frazzle will surely hurt you. Rest.
“Work vs. Learning" by Jennifer Wilson, The Slow Math Movement
Are we focusing on “the work” or “the learning” in our classrooms? This brief piece by a math teacher is directed at teachers, but parents can ask themselves the same questions. At home each night, are we talking about “the homework” or “the grade,” or are we asking about “the learning”?
How might students respond to “Is your work done?” versus “Where are you in your learning?”
Thank you for posting the links to these articles. I've now added Creating Cultures of Thinking and What the Best College Students Do to my reading list!
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