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Approaching Academics at Makarios Community School

Approaching Academics at Makarios Community School

Just how do we approach academics at Makarios Community School? In her recent blog, Jannica Morton shared several points of how a Democratic Free School is similar to Finland's #1 internationally ranked education system. Before ever reading anything about Finland’s major shift, I began to explore educational alternatives which eventually lead to the creation of Makarios Community School, the first Democratic Free School in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

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The University Model and Why it Works

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The university model of education requires students to do the majority of the learning on their own, and most don’t know how. They’ve spent four years spending 35 hours a week in a classroom where the teacher tells them what is important and what will be on the test. Then they go home and cram to remember that information long enough to pass.

Then they go to college and take 4-5 classes about 3 hours long. They think it will be a breeze (12-15 hours), but those courses are condensed. Instead of a year, they are learning the same amount of material in a semester. Professors don’t ‘teach’ the material, they use class time to reinforce what students studied on their own in textbooks and videos the prior week and answer questions to clarify understanding and show correlations between different pieces.

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Google to roll out new Search Console features in coming weeks

Google announced today that it will be making the new Google Search Console available to everyone in the coming weeks. Specifically, verified users in Google Search Console will be able to access the new Search Performance, Index Coverage, AMP status and Job posting reports.

Google said the new Search Console reports provide “more transparency into Google’s indexing, stateful two-way communications between Google and website owners to help resolve issues faster, and a responsive user-interface.”

 

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WHY BLUE RIDGE wilderness Therapy?

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness utilizes a therapeutic wilderness model: primitive living, ceremony, metaphor, and affinity for the beauty and spirituality of nature. This model lends itself well to natural and logical consequences rather than contrived, verbal, didactic therapy models. Adolescents in our program are removed from their comfort zone and immersed in a new culture, where therapists and field staff provide a small universe of lessons mirroring the larger universe in which they live.

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Problems with students when they join wilderness therapy

Adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health diagnoses, behavioral problems, developmental issues, learning disabilities, substance abuse/dependence, school problems and relational difficulties find effective healing at Blue Ridge.

The admissions team at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is able to match your child’s unique circumstance to one of our niche groups and therapists specializing in a specific population.

Blue Ridge student population includes, but is not limited to, the following profiles, diagnoses, and conditions:

 

 

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The University Model and Why it Works

Defining the University Model &Why it Works

The university model of education requires students to do the majority of the learning on their own, and most don’t know how. They’ve spent four years spending 35 hours a week in a classroom where the teacher tells them what is important and what will be on the test. Then they go home and cram to remember that information long enough to pass.

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The University Model and Why it Works

Defining the University Model &Why it Works

 

The university model of education requires students to do the majority of the learning on their own, and most don’t know how. They’ve spent four years spending 35 hours a week in a classroom where the teacher tells them what is important and what will be on the test. Then they go home and cram to remember that information long enough to pass.

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Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

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A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

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Parent Workshop – January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA

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At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

Our next parent workshop is January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA. These workshops are designed to be small to individualize the focus on your specific families.

  • Learn more about your child’s experience.
  • Understand and practice the tools they are using.
  • Learn how to identify the needs beneath the behavior and make a plan for your family.
  • Get support from and connect with other families.

There are times when the workshops can correspond to a visit or discharge, so feel free to talk with your field therapist about this as well.

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When the Rubber Hits the Road

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Tuesday night, February 3rd, we had our first information meeting. In a nutshell, we have enough interest to open the school this year.The search for a location has intensified. Several options have been considered and rejected. At the moment, we are focusing our efforts on finding a location that will be our very own, where we can move in with ALL our resources and have enough room to spread out projects and activities. We are also looking for green space and playscapes. Tall order? Maybe, but just the right space is out there, ready and waiting for Makarios Community School.

 

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