Want the latest from DCschoolHUB delivered to your inbox? No annoying daily emails, just twice monthly updates on school admission events, Who’s Got Spots, expert blogs, and a potpourri of educational adventure. Click here to register.
Have feedback about our site? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Click here and send us a message.
DCschoolHUB is the ultimate resource in your search for the best DC area daycares, preschools, private schools and independent schools. What you’ll find here:
- Every known daycare, preschool, and private school in the Washington, DC, area aka the DMV,
- Chatrooms to talk with experts, school officials, daycare professionals and other parents,
- Forums to ask and answer questions,
- A section to find Who’s Got Spots in their daycare or school currently and in the near future,
- Blog posts from area educational leaders,
- A calendar with events to visit and learn about daycares and schools,
- And much, much more!
Why Use DCschoolHUB? Malcolm Lester, Head of School at Grace Episcopal Day School
By Joseph E. Powers, The Woods Academy, Head of School
Learning is messy work. Teaching “learning” is just as messy. I started off our school year with this message, “Embrace the mess.” I recently read a blog post about embracing messy learning at Edutopia, a tremendous educational resource from George Lucas (Yes, the creator of Star Wars. And yes, the new movie comes out in exactly one year. I may declare it a school holiday). I digress.
I read the article and it got me thinking about why learning is so messy. So, bear with me for a paragraph or two regarding my “two cents” on the topic. Learning is messy because there is nothing uniform about learning. Contrary to the way most of us adults were taught, in straight rows with one way to solve a problem and everyone was required to learn material the one way it was taught. While that is a mouthful, it genuinely sums up my experience as a student. The teacher taught material one way and everyone was expected to learn it that way. This is a great way to build a car, not a child.
As I write this post, I am with my math class as they take a test. They are solving division problems using the algorithm that is most comfortable to them. Some will use traditional long division, while others will use the partial quotient method. Add the lattice method in there for multiplication and we have successfully taken us parents out of the equation for “helping” in math. Can any parents solve this problem (100% of the kids in my class prefer this method)? READ MORE
by Neal Brown, Green Acres School, Head of School
At schools such as Green Acres, we are focused on teaching children “how to think, not just what to think.” In the same way, we are less interested in filling students’ minds with information than we are in opening them up to new understandings about themselves and about the world around them.
And, ultimately, while we ensure that our students leave our school after 8thgrade with the skills that they need to be successful in high school and beyond, we are equally interested in instilling in each student a love of learning for learning’s sake. Rather than seeing school as a game to be cynically played in order to achieve the highest grade or to please the teacher, we aim for our students to develop a genuine interest in the material and a sense of satisfaction in the act of learning.
The evidence for widespread cynicism about learning is nowhere more acute than in the all-too-common examples of cheating at schools and colleges. Students are most often seen as the root of this problem; however, teachers and schools/colleges also bear some of the blame. In a recent article from The Atlantic, former teacher Jessica Lahey shows ways in which schools both contribute to cheating and have the power to lessen instances of cheating. READ MORE