Archive for October, 2013

Fifteen Year T-shirts Are In!

Fairhaven School celebrates its 15th T-shirt photoanniversary this year.  With it will come a fun-filled celebration sure to have something for everyone on November 23rd.  Amongst other things, we are planning to dedicate a new tree in the Circle Garden, collaborate on participatory art installations, and have a Words in the Woods reading with alumni novelist Max Neely-Cohen.

To commemorate the occasion a new T-shirt is here!!!

I created the graphic on the T-shirt on a website called Wordle.net, which allows you to make visual “word clouds” out of any text you enter.  Words vary in size from smallest to largest (and therefore importance) according to the amount of times they were used in the text that was entered.  Wordle allows for some manipulation of font, color, etc. (or you can let the computer randomly choose those elements) but after that you just keep pushing “return”, allowing the site to create various combinations until you get a cloud you like.  It’s fun, addictive, and is a little like playing a slot machine and ending up with some weird refrigerator Magnetic Poetry!

This graphic was created by using the text from the “about” page on the Fairhaven School website, with the exception of names, which were removed, and the addition of “15years” entered MANY times so it would both stay together as one item and appear largest.  I then played with it until things like School Meeting and Fairhaven School ended up together.

With the final touches of the school logo of the Old Building porch with a student in the rafters, and fall colors (the grWordcloud for blogeen shirt was a unanimous choice as being “very Fairhaven” by all students and staff polled), the graphic was complete!  We hope you will consider purchasing one (or more) of these unique T’s to show your school pride.  They are $15 (for 15 years!) and can be purchased in the school office.

 

Beth Williams

October, 2013

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Why Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment Isn’t in My Textbook

One of the questions I'm often asked by professors who teach from my introductory psychology textbook is this: "Why don't you include Zimbardo's classic Stanford Prison Experiment in your book, like all other introductory psychology textbook authors do?" Here's why.

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Why Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment Isn’t in My Textbook

One of the questions I'm often asked by professors who teach from my introductory psychology textbook is this: "Why don't you include Zimbardo's classic Stanford Prison Experiment in your book, like all other introductory psychology textbook authors do?" Here's why.

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Changing Education Paradigms (Sir Ken Robinson video)

As an arts educator and alumni parent of Fairhaven School, I have experienced instances

where I have had to validate to friends, parents, colleagues, etc. why I felt a Sudbury

model education was preferable over a traditional public school one. While the Sudbury

philosophy is not new, it goes against the paradigm formed during the industrial

revolution. Often when talking about Fairhaven School and the Sudbury model, I use the same

talking points that Sir Ken used in this video.

Enjoy,

Ruth Yamamoto

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Dr. Peter Gray to Speak at Fairhaven School

(Fairhaven School parent Renee Switzer wrote the following post for her educational blog. Enjoy!)

 

I’m so excited to finally meet Peter Gray! He’s coming to speak at my oldest daughter’s school, Fairhaven School, which is the oldest Sudbury school in Maryland. We are lucky to live near it, since there are only a few democratic schools in the world, although there are the most in the U.S (according to the list of Sudbury schools on Wikipedia).

When I first heard about the democratic school model, I didn’t give it more than a passing thought. I didn’t take it more seriously until I met Barbara Dewey’s granddaughter,  and I realized the KIND of people who come out of a democratic  school environment. This articulate, compassionate, bright young woman was simply a phenomenal individual!

So I began to research the model and was particularly interested in it for the middle school years. My school subscribes to the American Journal of Play, which is a wonderful peer-reviewed journal, and is available in print or free online.  This was where I discovered Peter Gray.

Dr. Peter Gray does his research on the value of play in education, and uses Sudbury schools as the venue for his research. They are valuable schools for this type of research because the self-directed model allows for time in the day for play, and the mixed age framework (ages 5-18 at our nearby school) allows for interesting research in the quality of play among mixed ages. The first article of his that I read was Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence. Intrigued, I read more of his work. I liked The Special Value of Child’s Mixed-Age Play, but Playing in the Zone of Proximal Development: Qualities of Self- Directed Age Mixing between Adolescents and Young Children at a Democratic School, which he published with Jay Feldman in Psychology Today really blew me away. It is a must read! It was what caused me to choose Fairhaven School for my daughter, and I couldn’t be happier!

Now I will actually get to meet Peter Gray! He’s coming to Fairhaven on Saturday, October 5th to share his latest book: Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

The reading and discussion will begin at 1 pm, with books for sale and questions and answers with Dr. Gray to follow his talk. I cannot wait, and I encourage everyone who is interested in and passionate about the value of play in education to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Renee Switzer

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