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This page contains resources pertaining to Teacher Education, Parent Education and School Promotion. The site is used by educators from more than 60 countries and averages about 1800 views per month.
The information is presented in three different formats: articles, videos, and transcripts from a weekly on-line Q and A chat room called Ask a Mentor. The information is organized by class level, audience, content, and format. Resources pertaining to more than one area are cross-referenced.
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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Trouble with College
But I want instead to focus on one particular presentation that
made a strong impression on me: Panel of the Future of Education.
Here are some takeaways:
- Higher Education is experiencing a classic industry disruption that so many other industries have experienced.
- The Internet has "democratized" access to knowledge.
- College as we know it now - a four-year boarding experience with live classes focused on the acquisition of academic content - will not look the same in ten years.
- Options that make a college degree more accessible and more affordable for vastly more people are already in the works.
- Colleges are moving away from ACT and SAT scores as a place to start determining who they should consider accepting. It is not yielding the kind of students they want.
- College admission officers are less impressed with extra-curriculars than they are with students who have held a job.
Some news that was not so good:
Residential colleges are greatly challenged with the current students they are seeing:
Here are some things we know about a Montessori education:
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Thoughts From a Head of SchoolBy Wendy Calise
Head of School
Countryside Montessori School
What Do Shopping for Schools and Shopping for Shoes Have in Common?
Here is what I want:
- Two inches high
- Wedge heels
- With a strap
- Open toe
- And I want them by Friday.
Answer: No Problem!We expect what we purchase to be tailored to our particular specifications. There is almost nothing we can’t find, nothing we can’t ask, and nothing we can’t get delivered.
In this day and age, why can’t school deliver my order like every other business does?
Let’s consider some actual parent requests:
- More homework / Less homework
- Strict Enforcement of Policy / More Flexibility
- An Exception for My Child / More Accountability for Another Family’s Student
- More Attention to Testing / Greater Focus on Real Learning
- More Technology/ More Hands On Learning
- More Options for Parent Education/ Fewer Requirements for Attendance at Meetings
- More Performances / Fewer Performances
- Give a Student a Bigger Part in Performance…
- Change the Songs in the Choral Program…
- Classes Three Days a Week…
- Print Instead of Cursive…
- More Book Groups…
- More Math…
- Expel Another Family’s Student…
Every time your school faculty and staff deny a request, they are upholding a core value of the school. They are preserving the model of education that you have decided is the very best.
The schools with the greatest integrity and deepest commitment to their work hold fast to their rules, policies, and mission. Even when it is unpopular in the moment or with a particular family.
This is a critical but very nuanced message. CMS has a clear methodology, a strong mission, and a community of families who share a common vision regarding education. The students at CMS are guided by the professional staff that you met during your interview process, not by the beliefs or dictates of other parents.
The more clear a school is about its policies, the more it sticks to its principles, the higher its expectations for families, the greater the quality of the educational experience for the students.
So, what do shopping for schools and shopping for shoes have in common?
At a good school, not much.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Click here to download transcript: Mentor Transcript: Elementary (Lesson Management, Unfocused Children)
Click here to download transcript: Mentor Transcript: IC (Toileting, Multiple Languages)