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One of the biggest gifts we can give children/adolescents is to teach them to be flexible. Flexibility is the ability to adapt to new situations, improvise and use multiple strategies to overcome difficulties.
According to Paul Tough in his book, ”How Children Succeed”, flexibility is one of the character traits needed for academic success. Children and adolescents need to be flexible in school to manage friendships, scheduling, and actual learning.
Teaching flexibility also aids in learning because it helps children/adolescents become creative problem solvers by looking for “out of the box” solutions in difficult situations and enables them to view challenges as not merely frustrations but as opportunities to learn and grow.
Here are four ways to teach children/adolescents to be flexible thinkers:
1. Be a role model: Kids don’t do as we say, they do as we do. When we think in flexible ways we can share our experiences with our kids. We can talk about how we modified our plans, ideas and points of view and things turned out okay.
2. Talk the Talk: When we are working or playing with children, it is the perfect opportunity to speak to them in a way that promotes flexible thinking.
3. Phrases that promote flexible thinking: Many teachers have posters in their classroom with examples of phrases that encourage children/adolescents to think flexibly. Parents can post these phrases on their kitchen bulletin board or on the fridge.
- Counseling Team
During the first few weeks of our virtual learning, Middle School students, grades 6-8, were given an assignment called "Object Transformed" drawing in Visual Art with Ms. Olenka. Inspired by contemporary artists, Diego Cusano, Victor Nunes and Javier Perez, who take everyday objects and transform them in their art in new and unexpected ways, students were asked to transform an everyday object in their own artwork. Take a moment and enjoy these very clever transformations by our Middle Schoolers!
- Ms. Olenka
In addition to the regular subjects studied, 3A works on a short assignment each week that helps us to build our class community. Students often share about their families, hobbies, pets, or any other interests. This past week, students used some descriptive adjectives to describe themselves.
- Ms. Yunae
Pre KB recently had a fashion show in the Auditorium.
In High School Chemistry, we have started our class reading projects. This year we have a double dose of books by science author and professor of materials science, Mark Miodownik. One section of the class will first read “Stuff Matters”, a journey through the materials which contribute to our lives and cultures (including chocolate, glass and concrete), while the other class section will read his more recent book, “Liquid”, a study of the fluids around us, for example fuels, soaps and liquid crystals. In the second semester, we’ll switch titles. Through reading these books, students connect the chemistry we study with our everyday lives, learn the stories behind the materials we depend on, and enjoy some high quality writing. A few years ago, Professor Miodownik was kind enough to meet with our class over Skype. (If you’re free Mark Miodownik, we’d love to see you again!)
- Dr. Graeme
Last week, Grade 1 explored how emotions and art are linked. Then, they created different emotional faces from found materials in their homes! - Ms. Emily
In grade 4, students studied mealworms in Science. They looked specifically at their lifecycle and how they turn into the Darkling Beetle after several life stages. They used their research skills, and lots of teamwork, to create some great information slideshows.
- Ms. Nikita
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