Author Archives: Kara Douglass

Child Development: Week 4

Adolescence, Part 1 For the last three weeks I have been writing about the phases of childhood.  Dr. Montessori proposed that there are four major phases of childhood (she called them the Planes of Development) from birth until 24 years … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 3

6 to 12 Years Old Dr. Montessori proposed that there are four major phases of childhood (she called them the planes of development) from birth until 24 years of age. The past two weeks, I spoke about the first six … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 2

The First Six Years of Life, Part 2 Erik Erikson, a renowned psychologist in psychosocial development, broke the child development process down even further. He observed that from birth to the first birthday, children are learning whether or not the world … Continue reading

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Child Development

The Montessori Method challenges educators to shape the curriculum and pedagogy around the developmental needs of each age group.  There is no universally accepted or articulated framework for psycho-social development the way there is for biological development, and frankly, I … Continue reading

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Introverts and Extroverts

Last week, our faculty read some articles and discussed introversion and extroversion in the classroom.  Traditional schools tend to bias towards introverts, rewarding students for sitting quietly, not disrupting anything, and then moving to the next class.  Assignments due are completed individually and … Continue reading

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Parents: Let Your Child Do Hard Things

Is your child ready to deal with bumps in the road of life?  Can they handle disappointment, failure, and embarrassment with resilience?  These issues continue to be at the forefront of most higher education (college) publications.  College preparatory has come … Continue reading

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Homework – Stop the Struggle

This is the time of year when we’ve been in school long enough for homework to build up, get old, and stress some students out. I want to reiterate our philosophy about homework–we either give it for practice or for … Continue reading

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What Can Students Learn from Goats?

As I watched the goats arrive on campus last week, the energy of the welcoming committee of 7th through 10th graders was electric. They were acting like brand-new parents. Boys were testing out the new shelter’s durability, kids were smothering the animals one … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new school year! The classes are in full swing. New students and new teachers are still adjusting, and for returning students, the newness of the routine and friends and growing up a year is fresh and … Continue reading

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Fostering an International Program

At The Fulton School, we have been growing an international program here for a number of years.  Since the high school was founded, we have offered at least one international trip each year.  One legacy that a Chinese teacher and … Continue reading

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