Head of School at Poughkeepsie Day School
…what children want to learn to do.” Take a look at this from Sugata Mitra. There are some really important lessons here. Which one resonates with you?
The ratio between success and failure remains pretty constant. To succeed means we must fail. And the more often we fail the more we succeed. The key is to fail frequently and fail fast. Then move on and try something else. That was the message of Tina Seelig who works at the entrepreneurship center at […]
Gary Stager came to Poughkeepsie Day School at the end of March and he began with a lively Vassar College/ PDS presentation Ten Things to do with a Laptop. His title is a deliberate nod to a groundbreaking 1971 article by Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon “Twenty Things to Do with a Computer.” They had […]
We received a wonderful letter yesterday and here it is: Dear Ms Holford: I volunteer at The Queens Galley in Kingston on Tuesdays. I had the pleasure of working with your students, who volunteered yesterday at the soup kitchen. They were enthusiastic, helpful, industrious and all around fantastic. The teacher who accompanied them was so […]
It’s good to see some counter viewpoints to the recent spate of publicity promoting single-sex education as the panacea for what ails education and schooling. This short piece from Slate raises the good questions about some of the support for the single sex agenda. Like all quick fixes this fad is not the cure-all solution. […]
Do Happier Students Work Harder? When PDS high school students took the HSSSE (High School Survey of Student engagement) the results were astonishing. They outperformed their peers in other schools across the spectrum. Our students reported high levels of involvement, feeling safe and supported, deep engagement in their work and feeling positive about their school […]