How to Learn: the Backwards Bike and Learning New Study Habits

The start of the second term in the Middle School brings basketball practices, new art courses, and a fresh page on year-long courses. It is also the time when we can start to look back at the year so far and turn up the conversation about how each of us can learn more about how to learn. I talked this

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Students Examine their Academic Character to Make Self-Portraits

Students worked with their advisors this week to make a self-portrait of themselves as learners. To do this, they used the self-reflections they wrote last month to questions posed by their faculty members. The faculty teams at each grade level developed a grade-specific highlight to focus the questions they posed to the students. Reflecting the growing complexity of being a Middle

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What to expect in a Middle School conference

Last week, I posted about why the conference is an important learning experience for students because it helps them develop their toolbox of learning strategies. Here is a follow up post about what you can expect in a Middle School conference, why certain items are chosen for the portfolio, and how we summarize these beliefs to students. The main idea

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