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Lifelong Learning: Thinking Big Picture About Your High Schooler's Success

lifelong learning, student-centered learning

At any given back-to-school information night, at any number of schools in Washington D.C., you will hear teachers, faculty, and administrators proudly highlighting the numerous programs and initiatives at their school, all designed to bolster your child’s college resume and help them get into the university of their dreams.

But you won’t hear that same speech at an information night at Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA).

Now, these options are not necessarily bad things - there is certainly merit in extracurricular activities, academic clubs, and test prep - and at BTA, we offer plenty of ways...

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Students Need to Risk Some Failure on the Way to Success

grit, student-centered learning

Think back to when your teen was a baby - maybe 9 or 10 months old - and they tried to stack blocks for the first time. It's highly likely they were not able to build the stack on their first try. At least not as high as they would have liked. For many parents (and some teachers!), the first instinct is to reach in and cheerfully "fix" the stack. The baby has a tower without the experience of trial and error in building it or in strategizing to overcome small failures along the way.

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What Are The Advantages of Project Based Learning?

student-centered learning, experiential learning

“Project based learning transforms students by inspiring them to think differently about themselves as learners, collaborators, and leaders.” Buck Institute for Education

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Is Grit the Key to Student Success?

student-centered learning, grit

Working hand in hand with a growth mindset is the concept of grit. Angela Duckworth describes this trait as both a person's passion and perseverance, and further defines it as "sticking with things over the very long term until you master them." In essence, success comes from a desire to achieve.

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Why Schools Need to Change

future of work, student-centered learning, experiential learning

In the early 1800s, the Industrial Revolution did more than just change the way we manufactured products. It changed the way the United States approached education. The thought was that school could prepare students for work in a factory. The emphasis was on teaching skills that were deemed necessary to become positive contributors to an industrialized world.

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