Category Archives: Education

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

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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

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The Forest vs. The Orchard

With the usual January buzz in the air about goals and resolutions, I’ve been thinking about priorities and change.  Educators are actually on a cycle where new plans and new changes kick off in August, so quite often January is simply a reminder … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 5

Adolescence, Part 2 As I mentioned previously, Dr. Montessori observed that one goal of adolescence is social independence (physical and mental independence come during the first two years).  Jean Piaget wrote about the process of growing out of egocentrism (the … 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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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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What Makes Us “Us” — Part 3

Time and Space In our wider culture, we tend to believe that bigger is better; with “bigger” comes more opportunities, more choices, and more fun.  But bigger is not necessarily better for our cognitive and non-cognitive (character) learning. A smaller … Continue reading

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What Makes Us “Us”

When each of us tries to describe our school, it can be hard to articulate why The Fulton School is special to us and what distinguishes it from other schools.  We have much in common with other schools in terms of … Continue reading

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The Pressure of Perfect Parenting

Are you feeling pressured to be the perfect parent who offers an amazing childhood for our offspring? Here’s an interesting take on that pressure, challenging us to step back a bit, to simplify, and ultimately (although she doesn’t word it this way), … Continue reading

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Combating Summer Brain Drain

Imagine learning an entire new interface at work or going to training to learn policies or regulations and then taking two-and-a-half months off. Imagine taking a semester course in Chinese, then not picking up your book for 10 weeks. What … Continue reading

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