Friday, February 17, 2012
Core Values: Emotional security, intellectual vibrancy, ethical awareness, social responsibility
Our new mission statement feels just right for Parker. At our faculty meeting yesterday the teachers gave examples of how we live our mission. Here are a few of their ideas:
- We teach students to think and observe. They question and make their own conclusions at a very young age.
- Children are supported and praised for their strengths and challenged at the same time: it's a balance.
- Kids know that the adults are here to help them - there is a very special relationship.
- We take the time children need for real learning to emerge.
- Parker kids love math!
- Because they get lots of choice, students are really motivated.
- Students spontaneously collaborate and write; they accept and encourage each other.
Have a great February Break!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
There is huge energy around an extra weekly session of sports and movement, especially during the bleak winter weeks. Thank you to parents without whom we couldn't pull this off - and thanks to teachers for getting out there, too. Exercise decreases for kids after age 9, according to this NY Times article - but not for Parker kids!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
These K-1's do not fear showing intelligence
I picked up a thread on Twitter about a study that shows that when people are made aware of their comparative IQ in a group, their IQ score actually drops - especially with women. Intriguing. So I looked further. There are a slew of articles about this in the last few days.
Being In a Group Lowers Intelligence is one of the more interesting ones. Each one has a slant, and the headlines are sensational!
Here is the most important part: In the study, IQ only goes down in a group when it is measured and the scores are broadcast to the group. And it mainly goes down for women in this small study sample.
This little study with the fun headlines (You're Right! Meetings Actually Do Make You Stupider!) has school implications. It's why we don't give grades at Parker, or post the spelling tests on the wall. Comparing who is "smarter" makes kids feel self-conscious, or like they don't measure up, or are superior to others - take your pick. It is not conducive to motivation or to joy in learning.
Won't it be fun to see how far this "news" goes?