FRIENDS' CENTRAL SCHOOL:
OUTSTANDING QUAKER EDUCATION FOR A CHANGING WORLD
In January and February, a number of colleges contact high school college counselors with headings such as “Scholarships still available at ____ University” or “We’ve extended our deadline!” In fact, I’ve received some in the last few days.
Each year, Friends’ Central School honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in hours of meaningful community service projects. This year, over 300 students, parents, and alumni/ae participated in MLK Day, making it a true “Day On” for the Friends’ Central community.
"Reading lets you slow down and get perspective, and gives you the ability to get in somebody else's shoes, two things that are invaluable to me." President Obama
A growing body of research concludes that when kids read fiction, worlds open! When children relax into reading a good story, they lose themselves and are swept into a different world. This is a quiet and enjoyable pastime, but little do kids realize, it is so much more.Children who read or listen to stories realize cognitive and imaginative benefits. They learn to interpret and infer information in important ways. A story comes to them with holes they will fill in with their imaginations. What does a character look like? Why is a character behaving that way? Over time, these readers are increasing their understanding of human behavior.
Maker Education is part of an educational revolution that empowers students and positions them to engage and take responsibility. Our world faces urgent environmental and social issues, and if we want to prepare our students to affect change, we need to instill in them an alertness to these conditions and a sense of confidence that they can create solutions to solve them.
Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” --John Dewey
To feel meaningful and important to students, Maker Education can’t be done in isolation; it must be fully and truly integrated into the program and curriculum of a school. It is a framework for thinking and learning - one that does not assume there is one expert or one correct way to find an answer.
In the end, Maker Education is not about the cardboard, the 3D printer, the computer, or the dremel. It is about the way these objects, and makerspaces in general, are catalysts for excellent teaching and learning. It engenders a way of thinking and a way of approaching learning.
Topics: Maker Education
Now that I have spent more than a decade as a teacher and principal in a Middle School, I see homework completion from a very different perspective. Drawing on my own memories and my professional experience, here are some simple tips for helping your Middle School-aged child with homework. The objectives of these tips are to reduce conflict and empower children with their learning: