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.

 

November Newsletter: Watching Our Children Use Technology

These articles about technology use ask us, in measured ways, to consider our assumptions about the effects of screens on teenagers’ lives.

“Why Your Kids Love Snapchat, and Why You Should Let Them” by Rachel Simmons, New York Times

Snapchat becomes less mysterious—and possibly more appealing—in this unusual piece about its down-to-earth qualities.

"In fact, I’m here to pledge my love to the gritty realness of Snapchat.... I don’t gush lightly. I’ve spent years cringing at visual platforms like Instagram and Facebook, which pressure teenagers to fake the perfect life, even when they’re miserable."

“Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015” by Amanda Lenhart, Pew Research Center

This Pew Research Center article from April gives a concise and up-to-date overview of the kinds of social media that teens are using. The responses also square with an informal poll of my 9th-grade advisory meeting last week about technology use.

"Teens are diversifying their social network site use. A majority of teens71%report using more than one social network site out of the seven platform options they were asked about."

“Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-by-Minute: Help or Hindrance?” by Linda Flanagan, Mind/Shift

This is an interesting and thoughtful article about the benefits and drawbacks of schools’ posting grades online.  

“It turns every act of learning into a performance,” said Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist and author of Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege.

Posted by Ms. Nicole Haims Trevor on Monday November, 16, 2015
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