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.


April Newsletter: Advice for Childhood, College and Beyond

This month’s articles look to experts for words about navigating the college process in a sane way, making the most out of college, and taking the growth mindset one step beyond effort.

“Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids,” by Jennifer Wallace and Lisa Heffernan, New York Times

This article interviews an array of college admissions officers who have high school or college-aged children. As a result, the piece is full of common-sense advice. 

Stuart Schmill offers high school students this litmus test when choosing extracurricular activities: “If you couldn’t write about this on your college application, would you still do it?’ If the answer is ‘no,’ then you shouldn’t be doing it.”

“What Do You Wish You Had Learned in College?”, The Atlantic 

This 2-minute video, interviewing academics at the Aspen Ideas Festival, tackles the tangible, such as global education, world languages, and statistics, as well as the intangible, such as living in the moment.

It’s a really hard question because all the things I think I should have learned in college I couldn’t have learned in college.

“‘Nice Try!’ Is Not Enough,” by KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times

The growth mindset has its limits: “Trying hard” has to be followed by thoughtful steps toward how to learn and how to meet challenges. 

“I worry that kids aren’t being taught to dream big any more,” says Dr. Dweck. “It’s so grade-focused. I feel like parents should be focusing on what contribution children can make. What’s the purpose of growing up and having an education and developing skills? What kind of impact are you going to have on the world?” 

Posted by Mr. Richard Feliciano on Tuesday April, 12, 2016 at 01:52PM


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