In a Quaker State: Life with SPICES

I’ve always taken pride in being a voracious reader and a lover of research. Over the past 10 months, I’ve attempted to immerse myself in readings on Quakerism. This has offered me a wealth of historical information which was completely left out of my studies as a young student. Though I had some prior knowledge . . . → Read More: In a Quaker State: Life with SPICES

The Return of Spring

Mid-May is signaled by a spike in temperature and consistently beautiful sunny days, an increase in the pace of the year as we hurtle toward the final days of classes, and a flood of alumni returning to visit Sandy Spring. Within the past two days, no less than ten alumni have been seen at the . . . → Read More: The Return of Spring

Leaving it All on the Field

The Middle School teams are actively engaged in end of the spring sports season. They are winning some games, losing others, and learning to work together. I try to go to each game, even if only for a little while, and when unable to attend I ask someone to text me updates. The score is . . . → Read More: Leaving it All on the Field

Embracing Civility in the Age of Entitlement

When schools and families unite to take on the charge of educating children, they eventually come to the realization that the lasting lessons lie outside of textbooks and class assignments. Real world survival isn’t solely based on whether or not a person can actually read the signs along the journey and calculate the miles to . . . → Read More: Embracing Civility in the Age of Entitlement

Differentiated Instruction, Part III

SSFS adopted “differentiated instruction” as its faculty professional development theme this year. My first two blogs about differentiated instruction (DI) outlined the rationale and merits of this instructional approach. In this third part of a multi-part blogapalooza , I share some criticisms of differentiated instruction. If you have not read the first two posts, I . . . → Read More: Differentiated Instruction, Part III

Teaching Self-Advocacy Skills in the Middle School

Our Middle School seeks not only to teach our kids how to advocate for themselves, but also help them understand why this is important. We try to prepare “the kids for the road, not the road for the kids.” But this is complicated. As a society, we often give mixed messages about self-advocacy.

I think . . . → Read More: Teaching Self-Advocacy Skills in the Middle School

Going with the Flow and Letting Go: Lessons in Resilience

Despite the numerous publications on parenting in the bookstores, there hasn’t yet been a manual that truly covers all of the real-life details that parents of younger children desperately need. We’ve all read the seminal titles on the developmental stages of our children. We’ve relied on advice from credentialed experts as we learned how to . . . → Read More: Going with the Flow and Letting Go: Lessons in Resilience

Advocacy and Teacher Responsibility

The Upper School program is designed to prepare students for college and life beyond SSFS. Included in the long list of desired objectives are development of students’ advocacy skills and self awareness, and attainment of mastery of core academic content. Teachers are facilitators, guides, and collaborators in the process. Sometimes pushing, sometimes pulling, sometimes walking . . . → Read More: Advocacy and Teacher Responsibility

Why 1:1?

By now some parents will have heard that SSFS is looking at a 1:1 (“one-to-one”) program, with the intention to pilot and implement such a program at SSFS in the coming months. Some might ask “what is a 1:1 program, and why should SSFS go this direction?” First, what does “1:1” mean?

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Letting Lives Speak in the Middle School

“Let your life speak” has been, in my opinion, a well-embraced motto for Sandy Spring Friends School. Therefore, imagine my surprise when a parent asked me “but what does that mean?” She was with her child, and I asked “is this something you feel you can explain to your mom, or are you also wondering . . . → Read More: Letting Lives Speak in the Middle School