All the Fun of the Festival
November 27, 2010 by · 3 Comments
Head of School at Poughkeepsie Day School
Out with the old, in with the new. Well – not quite so fast. While change and forward momentum are to be welcomed, not everything old needs replacing and not everything new is improved.Take – for example – this vintage wooden potato masher. It stomped its way through the mounds of spuds and root vegetables […]
“To succeed…it’s the fire within that must be lit.” Purpose, mastery, autonomy (mission not money as motivation.)
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The morning glories and lilies are in bloom in the courtyard garden.The thistles bloom at the edge of the woods where the blackberries are ripening.The soccer pitch is silent and no-one is cheering from the bench.The flag droops in the heat and the car park behind Kenyon is empty.It is summer at school.But the owl […]
BBC’s Radio 4 first tweet for 2014 was a thrush with a bright blue sky background and a quotation from The Darkling Thrush – a poem that Thomas Hardy dated December 31st, 1900. It’s all a rather grim and gloomy. The poem records the desolation of winter, the dregs of the day and the end […]
You see, there are all those early memories; one cannot get another set; one has but those. Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock I sometimes think of Cather’s words when I visit the classrooms or the playground or attend the performances and events at PDS. It is there that our teachers are helping students build […]
Three more useful short videos from those very helpful clever teachers at Common Craft: Google docs (no more email attachment versions), Social Networking and RSS – all in plain English. George Orwell would be pleased. And if you are not using RSS (real simple syndication) yet to manage your surfing and internet habits here is […]
There’s an interesting story over at Learning is messy It’s about the truth behind one of those email send arounds that are so easy to forward without thinking. Sometimes they are about dying children or bogus health alerts or product malfunctions.Snopes.com is dedicated to checking urban legends, internet rumors and the validity of such stories […]
What’s your answer? Take a look at this one delivered by a five year old. Freebrook Academy founded by a PDS alum Monique Scott and open for students in September.
Colleges that Change Lives is the title of Loren Pope’s very useful book for those planning for college. It’s also a website. If you are off to college soon, or know someone who is, then take a look. It is particularly useful in dispelling some of the myths of excellence. As with many things, it […]