Archive for November, 2012

New blog: “Trust the Upward Spiral”

Hi everyone, I know I haven’t written any new posts here for a couple of years, but I’m going to leave this open just in case I get inspired to start writing again. :-)

In the mean time, I started another blog which you might find interesting. It’s called Trust the Upward Spiral. Here are some of the articles so far:

I also welcome you to friend me on Facebook, where I’ve been more active lately. Or connect with me on Twitter. Thanks for reading.

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New blog: “Trust the Upward Spiral”

Hi everyone, I know I haven’t written any new posts here for a couple of years, but I’m going to leave this open just in case I get inspired to start writing again. :-)

In the mean time, I started another blog which you might find interesting. It’s called Trust the Upward Spiral. Here are some of the articles so far:

I also welcome you to friend me on Facebook, where I’ve been more active lately. Or connect with me on Twitter. Thanks for reading.

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New blog: “Trust the Upward Spiral”

Hi everyone, I know I haven’t written any new posts here for a couple of years, but I’m going to leave this open just in case I get inspired to start writing again. :-)

In the mean time, I started another blog which you might find interesting. It’s called Trust the Upward Spiral. Here are some of the articles so far:

I also welcome you to friend me on Facebook, where I’ve been more active lately. Or connect with me on Twitter. Thanks for reading.

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New blog: “Trust the Upward Spiral”

Hi everyone, I know I haven’t written any new posts here for a couple of years, but I’m going to leave this open just in case I get inspired to start writing again. :-)

In the mean time, I started another blog which you might find interesting. It’s called Trust the Upward Spiral. Here are some of the articles so far:

I also welcome you to friend me on Facebook, where I’ve been more active lately. Or connect with me on Twitter. Thanks for reading.

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Clearwater Profiles – Mara

This is the first in a series of profiles of Clearwater students. Clearwater students range in age from three to eighteen, and include kids who've attended since they were three and others who've enrolled later in their schooling. by Shawna Lee, Clearwater staff member Mara and I arranged to meet at 1:00 PM and talk about her life at Clearwater. When I tracked her down she was deep in a game

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2012 Alumni Panel

On October 26th, Fairhaven School hosted its second alumni panel. Ben Umstead (’01), Geoffrey Craighead (’01), and Brett Smith (’04) spoke of their experiences at Fairhaven School and their time after school.

Here is what Geoffrey posted on his Facebook:

“This is an alumni panel which I participated in for Fairhaven, the Sudbury school that I attended.

Being a student at a Sudbury Model school was one of the most formative aspects of my youth and one that I’m a very strong proponent of for many people.

If you have school-aged children and want them to be in an educational environment which places a premium on their own creativity, responsibility, independence and self-worth, I strongly encourage you to investigate the Sudbury Model. http://www.sudburynetwork.org/

My specific alma mater is Fairhaven School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. http://www.fairhavenschool.com/

By design, every student’s experience will differ radically from any other’s; nonetheless, if you ever have any questions or concerns or want to sate any other kind of curiosity about the model, in general, or Fairhaven, in particular, I’m always more than happy to talk about the experience I had and my transition from the Sudbury model back into a traditional educational model in college.

I loved Fairhaven while I was there and love it still today and am always looking for an opportunity to inspire in my friends the same sort of appreciation for the truly exceptional and unique social and educational asset that the school is. If you’re even the least bit curious, investigate it in depth!”

Please click the link for a preview of the alumni panel with access to all five parts of the panel footage.

 

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2012 Alumni Panel

On October 26th, Fairhaven School hosted its second alumni panel. Ben Umstead (’01), Geoffrey Craighead (’01), and Brett Smith (’04) spoke of their experiences at Fairhaven School and their time after school.

Here is what Geoffrey posted on his Facebook:

“This is an alumni panel which I participated in for Fairhaven, the Sudbury school that I attended.

Being a student at a Sudbury Model school was one of the most formative aspects of my youth and one that I’m a very strong proponent of for many people.

If you have school-aged children and want them to be in an educational environment which places a premium on their own creativity, responsibility, independence and self-worth, I strongly encourage you to investigate the Sudbury Model. http://www.sudburynetwork.org/

My specific alma mater is Fairhaven School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. http://www.fairhavenschool.com/

By design, every student’s experience will differ radically from any other’s; nonetheless, if you ever have any questions or concerns or want to sate any other kind of curiosity about the model, in general, or Fairhaven, in particular, I’m always more than happy to talk about the experience I had and my transition from the Sudbury model back into a traditional educational model in college.

I loved Fairhaven while I was there and love it still today and am always looking for an opportunity to inspire in my friends the same sort of appreciation for the truly exceptional and unique social and educational asset that the school is. If you’re even the least bit curious, investigate it in depth!”

Please click the link for a preview of the alumni panel with access to all five parts of the panel footage.

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Computer room redux

The kitchen is back to normal. For over a week at Clearwater the computer room was closed for a serious overhaul. All the computers and furniture was removed. The carpet was torn up, the baseboards pulled off, the concrete floor beneath stripped of linoleum, washed and re-sealed, and given some fresh layers of paint. Meanwhile, nearly all online gaming migrated (via laptops) into the kitchen.

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Learning Music at The Clearwater School

Cass Singing, playing instruments and listening to and talking about music have been a big part of people's lives at Clearwater for many years. A changing group of girls have been members of a small choir for several years. A few students have become proficient at guitar or drums. A few poke around on the piano or take a few lessons. Maddy and Jacy This year, enough people are interested

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Growing into Literacy – Guest Post

It is often a challenge for parents who enroll their children at The Clearwater School or other Sudbury schools when their children choose not to learn to read until they are 9 or 10 years old or even older. With the permission of Abbe Vogels, a founder and staff member at Rising Tide School, our sister Sudbury school in Olympia, we are reprinting her blog post about how she handles her own

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