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Student-Led Study Skills Workshops

Today, Upper School students led a series of discussions about study skills. The student-inspired topics addressed areas of work that students most consider when figuring out paths to academic success. As I sat in on the science discussion, I got to observe students share their understandings of course learning objectives, discipline-specific types of thinking, memory techniques, and stories of success and failure.

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Overcommitment, Busy Schedule, Prioritizing
Balancing Expectations
Stress Management
Mindfulness
Long Term Project Management
Dealing with Tech Distractions
Good Tech Habits/Computer Hygiene
How to Improve Focus
Notetaking
Using Music to Help You Work
How to Write Formal Emails
Foreign Language Study Skills
English Specific Study Techniques
History Specific Study Techniques
Math Specific Study Techniques
Science Specific Study Techniques

All Kinds Of Minds in action

You may know the whole-brain teaching philosophy called All Kinds of Minds. A majority of our teachers attend professional development days to learn this brain-based approach to teaching students, one part of our approach to progressive education. Teachers learn to construct learning activities that work for different types of learners. Students learn to identify their own learning strengths and weaknesses and appreciate the unique set of qualities that each person possesses. Such an approach gives students responsibility for their own learning. In the following video, second grade students share what they have learned about their own skills and brains.

The video also serves as a fine example of teacher use of technology to share student learning with the school community. This second grade teacher collected media, produced this video, and presented it to parents without requesting any assistance from our IT department. Well done!