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Pajama Day

Pajama Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Sitting at the dinner table last night, still in my pajamas, I had to explain the day to Gavin. He couldn’t understand why anyone would want to show others their pajamas, and said it never would...

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Mix it up, stand up, and wear pink!

Yesterday in elementary school we had a multifaceted event. We combined two ideas with a similar purpose – “Mix it Up Lunch” and “Stand Up Day”. Mix it up Lunch is something of a tradition at ISTP, one that we do three times a year. Stand Up Day...

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College Rivalry

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/29/christakis.play.children.learning/index.html

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A cardboard box is the best toy of all...

Well, maybe my daughter would argue that this week the pots and pans are the best, but she only has a few words right now, so I’ll continue on this train of thought! In this season of giving, it is so easy to get caught up in the newest, latest...

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Student Council

This year, I have been very impressed by our Student Council. Now that we have Assembly every week, the role of the representatives has changed and become more visible. Representatives are not only recognized by the other students, but they are...

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Valuable points from the Kidpower Workshop

On Wednesday, we had a “Kidpower” (www.kidpower.org) workshop at ISTP. It was for parents and faculty, and the idea behind it was to give parents and faculty some common approaches to working with the students about personal safety. Personal...

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Musings on the Benefits of Bake Sales

Last week we had our first Student Council Bake Sale of the year. We usually have three bake sales a year – one per trimester. This year we’ve added a fourth because there is always a cause that comes up at some point in the year that Student...

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21st Century Skills

The other day, as I was driving home, I heard a segment on Marketplace on NPR about what the future holds for the job market, and thus, what skills our children need to learn in order to have a good chance at success. At first I was drawn in by...

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Responding to new research on development

Another article caught my attention recently, and is related to a previous post of mine about developmental stages. This time it was in the Harvard Education Letter, about recent research done by the Gesell Institute for Human Development about...

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Brain Research and the Joy of Learning

Last Monday, our entire faculty participated in a workshop on learning and the brain – how current research on brain functioning can influence how we teach and learn. It was a dynamic workshop, and our discussion during Wednesday’s faculty...

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