Monthly Archives: August 2015

The JOY in learning; there is joy at Seven Hills!

My favorite line from this post on KQED: Finland leads the world in its scores on international tests, and the country has become an educational model for many in the U.S. Rantala and Määttä’s paper is a welcome reminder that academic excellence can … Continue reading

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Leadership: Nature or Nurture?

The beauty of independent schools is that with smaller classes, individual attention and lots of hands on experiential experiences, even our youngest students can practice leadership. Equally important is followership: that is to say, understanding the difference between taking the … Continue reading

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A great blog post from a new discovery: The Alamo City Mom’s Blog in San Antonio!

It is rare to see such a keen understanding of the life of teachers. This mom in San Antonio has done a lovely tribute to the art and profession of teaching. So much more than a job, a vocation! And … Continue reading

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Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning

In schools where we are placing increasing value on social-emotional learning, here are two great reminders of the connections between learning, leading and being emotionally healthy! The Goleman piece also draws the connection between emotional intelligence and leadership as well. … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Literacy? How about from birth?

My own memories of books as a young child revolve around visits to the local public library and the concept of choosing a book. When I was a little older, I remember my grandfather reaching high up on his shelf … Continue reading

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Great opening day advice; thanks Jon Eckert!

This is a great reminder of why we do what we do. This Op Ed from August 2013 is timely. At Seven Hills School, Jon Eckert would be very happy indeed with his children’s experience! backward design? check make them … Continue reading

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Great TIME column on parenting teens…

This column in TIME magazine is always one where I find useful, relevant, humorous information. I have commented on this writer before. She is fantastic! Since I myself am the parent of two twenty somethings and a teen, I, too, … Continue reading

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