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.
October Newsletter: How to Connect—and Then Let Go
As school ramps up, family time can become both more elusive and more valuable. The first two articles offer ways to connect with your teenagers that you can use today, in the car or at the dinner table. The last piece highlights the lack of student independence and grit that many colleges are seeing in their undergraduates.
“Q&A with Rachel Macy Stafford” by Paul Axtell, Designing Conversations That Work
This interview gives wonderful suggestions for meaningful conversations with our children and others, including “connective silence” and a list of phrases that can build connection.
“That’s when I realized that the greatest opportunity to connect to what really matters sometimes lies in the silent spaces of our day. If we can resist the urge to fill every minute with noise, excess, and activity, we open the doors of our heart, mind and soul to let the joy come in.”
This piece offers thoughtful and concise ideas you can use today at the dinner table to talk with your children, including “don’t play detective” and “avoid should-ing them.”
“Persistence is the final secret. If your kids think they can get away with ‘fine’ and you'll leave them alone, then that's all you'll ever hear.”
“Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges” by Peter Gray, Psychology Today
From many accounts, students in college are not as resilient as they used to be and expect faculty to do what can seem like excessive “hand-holding.” This article’s topic is so important that we’re posting it both on this blog and on Prep’s college counseling Facebook page.
“Faculty noted that students’ emotional fragility has become a serious problem when it comes to grading. Some said they had grown afraid to give low grades for poor performance, because of the subsequent emotional crises they would have to deal with in their offices.”
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