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Blyth-Templeton Academy

Blyth-Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It offers an academically rigorous 9-12th-grade high school curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small class sizes ensure that each student has a front row seat in classes with an average size of 8. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Schedule a visit soon.
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Can Education Be More Effective in a Micro-School?

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Micro-schools represent an increasing trend in private education. They intentionally promote small class size to provide an environment where students and teachers know each other well and where flexibility in learning modalities is a given.  Why? In many high schools today the needs of individual students are overlooked. In response, educators are beginning to reconsider the value of small when it comes to school and class size. 

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What Do High Schools Need to More Fully Engage Teens?

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Educators today know more about what happens in the brain when a person learns something new. We know that learning occurs when our brains are active. We have seen how active learning strategies, which replace traditional lectures, engage teens more fully in the learning process.

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Why Is It Important to Know How Teens Learn?

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Educators are always exploring ways to create successful learning experiences for their teen students. Brain science in the 21st century is providing new ways to think about learning and giving teachers tools to meet the needs and interests of all learners in their classrooms. One of these tools is the knowledge gained from brain research to understand which portions of the adolescent brain are the most developed and the most active.

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Motivating Teenagers: Finding Opportunities in Their World

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If you listen to pop culture messages, you'll hear that teenagers are an unmotivated bunch. Not true. While goals change between late childhood and adolescence, motivation is still there. It’s a good thing that their interests, hopes, and dreams are changing at this age. For parents, however, it can be hard to keep up with those rapid changes happening with their teens.

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The Role of the Student in a Socratic Discussion

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In schools that use the experiential learning approach to foster intellectual curiosity, one important tool is the Socratic Method.  Historically Socrates played the role of both student and teacher as he engaged in questioning others to develop his personal morality. His unique role and the importance of the question continues to guide the modern Socratic discussion. Today, both the teacher and the students use questioning to drive the learning experience in the Socratic classroom. 

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