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What is Student Centered Learning and Can It Help My Teen?

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A primary goal of education is to prepare students to be engaged citizens, with the ability to use their gifts and talents to provide goods and services that benefit our society. To do this, students must have the tools and space to learn about their unique set of skills, while also gaining knowledge and awareness about the social context in which they live. Student centered learning facilitates the opportunity for students to engage in this kind of exploration and skill development.

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Is The Small School Environment a Better Way?

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With all the pressure on schools today to meet various performance standards, the needs of individual students can get lost.  As a result, some students are unsuccessful, either dropping out of school, struggling with mental health issues or just not being challenged enough to meet their full potential. This happens not because these students aren't capable, but because it's becoming harder and harder for even the most dedicated teachers to provide each student the support they need to succeed.

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4 Things Parents Should “Unlearn” When it Comes to Education

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 In my more than 30 years teaching and leading high schools, I often see parents unknowingly sabotage their own child’s success. They’ve been bombarded with messages that tell them, “the more involved you are in your child’s education, the more they will learn.” It’s not that parent involvement isn’t crucial to success, but many of us are doing it wrong. 

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Do You Want Your Teen to be Engaged in Learning?

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The relationship between a student and teacher is an essential ingredient for academic success. Students who know their teachers are more likely to pay attention, respect authority and go above and beyond in their efforts — and it works the other way around, too. 

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Did Your Teen Student Go From Bright to Bored?

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“Our son was an actively engaged learner in elementary school and early middle school. He loved his teachers, his classes, the projects assigned, and he often went above and beyond what was required. Then, eighth grade hit hard. Suddenly, he didn’t bother with homework and lost interest in a good report card. He spent his time reading books he wanted to read and teaching himself graphic design on the computer. The interest and creativity were still there, but they weren’t related to school.”

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