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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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What is the Magic of the Inclusive School?

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As a parent, it is heartbreaking to watch your teen struggle through adolescence. As adults, we know adolescence is the trial and error period leading to adulthood. Learning to navigate the adolescent years is a critical step toward becoming a satisfied adult.  It is still difficult to stand by while watching teens question their role among their peers.

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What is Student Success and Who Is “Most Likely To Succeed?”

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 If you haven’t yet seen the incredibly powerful documentary film, Most Likely to Succeed, I write today to humbly implore you to do so. To make it easy for those in Washington, D.C., Blyth-Templeton Academy is hosting a free screening at 7PM on Thursday, June 1st at the Miracle Theater in Capitol Hill (RSVP here). And for those not in D.C., hopefully you can find a screening near you here

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Micro-Schools Focus on the Benefits of Small

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Education Week recently highlighted an increasing trend in private education, called Micro-schools. Harkening back to the early concept of the one-room schoolhouse, Micro-schools 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. These small schools specialize in hands-on and project-based learning and community collaboration.

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What Are the Best Ways for Teens to Learn?

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Despite the notion’s popularity, the truth is that students can’t be classified into categories like “visual learners” or “auditory learners.” The learning styles myth has been around a long time – and it’s helped push teachers and schools toward developing new kinds of curriculum – but that doesn’t make it true. What we know works, however, is that teens learn best when they’re engaged.

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