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5 Things You Can Expect in a Blyth-Templeton Academy Graduate

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High schoolers are expected to be many things today - scholars, athletes, volunteers, civically engaged, and socially responsible.

We aspire for our graduates to be all these things, and much more. Our hope, for every young person that walks through our doors, is to equip them with tools and help them develop qualities that will serve them both in high school and for the rest of their life.

Keep reading for a full description of the top five characteristics we work to develop in Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA) graduates.

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What Should Schooling Look Like in the 21st Century?

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What should schooling look like in the 21st century? This is the fundamental question that we wrestled with — we being the co-founders of Blyth-Templeton Academy — when we came together in 2014.

And we were not alone then, nor we are alone now.

Stanford University has done some of the best thinking about this question most recently, and if you haven’t checked it out already, the Stanford2025 website is worth reviewing. Written from the perspective of the future well beyond the year 2025, they “look back from 2100 to the era when Stanford students began declaring missions, not majors.”


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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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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 experiential learning experience in the Socratic classroom. 

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What Happens When Student Voice is Encouraged?

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We, as educators, want to nurture students who will grow into independent, confident learners, with a deeper understanding of the world around them, and the opportunities available to them as they prepare for the future. How do we do this? One way is to give them opportunities to practice making choices and decisions and to reflect on those outcomes. A place to start is listening to student voices.

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