Category Archives: High School Acceptance

Authority that Increases the Authority of Others

When evaluating a school, getting there before school starts can be very useful. You get to see the bearing of the teachers as they arrive. You can read their emotional tone as they greet people. You can assess the enthusiasm … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Authority, Challenge, Character, Charter Schools, Children, Constructivist Education, Creativity, Decision Making, Discipline, Disobedience, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fun, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, High School Acceptance, Inspiration, Joy, Leadership, Learning community, Montessori Education, Parenting, perseverance, Play, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, school culture, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Success, Teaching, teenager | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The “Soft,” “Non-Cognitive” Skills are Hard, Cognitive and Critical

 The soft, non-cognitive curriculum is neither soft, nor non-cognitive, nor a curriculum. One afternoon I met a fifth grade teacher grading papers and writing report cards in a café. When I greeted him he didn’t say “Hi,” but waving Maya’s … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Challenge, Character, Children, College Acceptance, College Admission, Conflict and Issues, Creativity, Decision Making, Discipline, Education, Educational Testing, Emotional Intelligence, Genius, High School Acceptance, High School Admission, Leadership, Learning community, Parent-Teacher Partnerships, Parenting, Play, Project learning, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Standards, Success, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Thoughtfulness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Building Strong Brains: The Real Reason Schools Need Environmental Education

One day second grader Miranda said: “I was in the garden looking at the tomatoes with Patrice and Josh, and we saw a wasp tackling a fly.  Then it tore the fly’s head off and flew away with the body.  … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Authority, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, Children and Technology, College Acceptance, Creativity, Decision Making, Discipline, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Failure, Fun, Genius, Gifted, Greatness, Happiness, High School Acceptance, Inspiration, Joy, Leadership, Learning community, Mathematics Teaching, Mistakes, Parenting, Play, Project learning, Reading, Respect, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Self-esteem, Standards, STEM subjects, Success, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Joint Parent-Teacher Enterprise: Self-Possessed Children

Just because children are self-centered, doesn’t mean they have to be selfish. Last May I stood on a polished hardwood floor in the middle of an 80-year old multipurpose room with a 30-foot ceiling in front of 250 wooden seats … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Challenge, Character, Children, College Acceptance, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fun, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, High School Acceptance, Inspiration, Joy, Learning community, Parent-Teacher Partnerships, Parenting, Play, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Self-esteem, Standards, Success, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Teaching Empathy at Home and School. Can Schools Teach Empathy?

Last week a parent asked,  “Can schools teach empathy?” Here’s my answer. Empathy isn’t taught. The human brain is wired for empathy (mirror neurons). Adults shape an environment; that environment shapes the child’s empathy. So schools can’t not educate a child’s … Continue reading

Posted in Altruism, Authority, Brain Development, bullying, Character, Children, Decision Making, Discipline, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, First Day of School, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, High School Acceptance, Leadership, Learning community, Parent-Teacher Partnerships, Parenting, Play, Preschool, Respect, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Success, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments