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"My Kids Are Thinking About BTA:" Promoting Student Agency from Application to Graduation

student-centered learning, motivating teens, adolescent development

We recently received an email from an interested parent that opened with the following statement: "my kids are thinking about going to your school."

The rest of the email followed in the typical style for an initial inquiry. The family was interested in learning more and wanted to find a time to connect with a member of the admissions team to talk about the schooling environment and options at Blyth-Templeton Academy.

Are you perhaps wondering why we found the opening line so striking? Here's the statement again: "my kids are thinking about going to your school." 

In our eyes, this parent...

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The Importance of a Learner-Driven Community at the High School Level

experiential learning, adolescent development

For most adults, thinking about our teenage years brings back powerful and distinct memories--memories of a first job, a first relationship, a significant class where you fell in love with a topic, a tough family situation, an identity crisis.

These memories and experiences from adolescence go on to shape our adult lives in significant ways.

In the same way that your first heartbreak may have taught you a lot about relationships, your high school learning environment shaped the way you tackle challenges, think through tough problems, learn and retain information, ask questions, collaborate...

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Are Teens Trying Too Hard To Be Perfect?

parents, adolescent development

Researchers have begun to find interesting patterns in the increase of mental health struggles in teens, including anxiety and depression. While some have tried to pin these phenomena on increased screen time, social media, and lack of interpersonal skills, there is an additional field of thought that technology may not be the root of all struggles.

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Who Needs a Growth Mindset?

self-esteem, adolescent development

“Some of the very brightest students avoid challenges, dislike effort, and wilt in the face of difficulty. And some of the less bright students are real go-getters, thriving on challenge, persisting intensely when things get difficult, and accomplishing more than you expected.”  Professor Carol Dweck

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Why Cognitive Changes Direct the Way Teens Learn

experiential learning, adolescent development

As educators, we need to understand how the social and emotional changes that occur in adolescents affect the learning experience. The fact that teenagers want much more autonomy over their learning than younger students directly influences the culture of the classroom and teaching. Cognitive growth – changes to the functioning and structure of the brain – is a significant factor in how teens learn.

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