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No Ceilings. No Hiding Places.

In our society we often believe that bigger is better. Actually, bigger is often better.  Bigger schools have more course options, larger social networks, and more money available for the “extras.”  But smaller has advantages too.  We are flexible and nimble, … Continue reading

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Preparing for Life

We talk about being both college preparatory and life preparatory at Fulton School, and we differentiate it from being college “application” preparatory. Our culture can get distracted by the application process, focusing on college admissions while forgetting to prioritize what happens after the students matriculate … Continue reading

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Process Over Product

In January I’m focusing on our mission through TFS “mantras” — phrases we use or you might hear that represent our mission in an informal way. Last week I wrote about being a forest rather than an orchard. This is not … Continue reading

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Quality Time (Not “Perfect” Time)

As I perused Facebook during break and scrolled through the photos of projects and travels and get togethers, I was struck by two seemingly contradictory messages coming from parents.  The first was how many clearly wonderful things were happening: fathers … 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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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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