Author Archives: Kara Douglass

Our Mission – Part 6: The Partnership

“We create a partnership between parents, teachers, and students, knowing that parental involvement is key to the success of the students and the school.”   This last component of our mission is acknowledging the fact that we are a village.  The more we all work … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Mission – Part 5: Diversity of Cultures

At Fulton School, we celebrate a diversity of cultures, learning styles, talents, and personal goals.  Our definition of diversity is big, and our dreams for our students are even bigger.  We don’t want to merely “tolerate” differences (although sometimes that’s necessary), but we hope to instill a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Mission – Part 4: The “How”

The second component of our philosophy (our ‘how’) is to create a joyful and inspired community that develops communication skills, critical thinking skills, and creativity in every child through relevant, hands-on, student-centered teaching. Joyful and inspired is our goal–there is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Mission – Part 3: Montessori

The next part of our mission comes in the form of our philosophy. This is the how of our goal. We believe the Montessori philosophy provides the best opportunity to build confidence, character and leadership in our students. I could … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Mission – Part 2: Where Are Our Kids Headed?

The first half of our mission is challenge with support. I wrote about that last week. The second half of our mission is really about where our students are headed. What knowledge and skills do they really need to live … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, Education | Leave a comment

Our Mission – Part 1: Academically Challenging

The first component of our mission statement is something you should see in every school–to be academically challenging.  The second component, to be personally supportive, is rarer.  The two of them together create the heart of The Fulton School identity.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rethinking Your Commute

My family is fortunate to live less than 5 miles from school. But I spend most weekday evenings driving my kids around town between sports, piano practice, jobs, and youth group. For us, nothing is less than a 30-minute drive … Continue reading

Posted in Parenting | Leave a comment

Introversion and Extroversion in the Classroom

The faculty and I spend a lot of time discussing the needs of students, from both a broad, developmental perspective and from a personal and individual perspective.  One topic that comes up perennially is the role of introversion and extroversion … Continue reading

Posted in Adolescence, Child Development, Education | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Small Schools Have a BIG Influence

  Humans are born needing connection. We cannot thrive without relationships and the encouragement and accountability they bring. Humans have family units and close circles of friendship. We seek community in order to learn, grow, share our joys, and be sustained in … Continue reading

Posted in Adolescence, Child Development, Early Childhood, Education, Parenting | Tagged | Leave a comment

How Do You Teach Character?

How do you teach character?  My answer is always through practice, practice, practice.  “By the time children are 4 years old, they often know certain values–that stealing is wrong, for example. Because kids tend to know values, they often feel patronized … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, Parenting | Leave a comment