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Self-Directed Learning : Trust Their Instincts

When my children were very young; toddler and newborn, I joined a new mothers group that met once a month.  There were some wonderful grandmothers who hosted these monthly meetings, treating us to snacks, free childcare and a “talk”.  The same grandma gave the talk every time and we could count on a repeat of many of the same stories.  But one bit of repeated advice that has meant the most to me was this: study your children, know what makes them “tick”; who they are.  This admonition assumes that each child is a unique individual, delivered with their own special, innate talents and abilities rather than a clean slate awaiting external inscription.  I took this advice to heart and watched, equipped, and procured the tools and experiences that appeared to be the best fit for my young children. I wanted them to be self directed learners. I trusted the process: study who they are, provide what they need, watch them learn and grow.  It was very simple.  I believed that I was starting with

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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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Cultivating a “Growth Mindset” in Wilderness Therapy

When my best friend first tossed the idea my way, I had two competing thoughts, of equal size and strength, immediately pop into my brain. Thought #1: “She believes in you, and wants what’s best for you. She wants to have a fun experience together.” Thought #2: “She is a lunatic, and even after being friends for 35 years, she is clearly trying to kill me.”

 

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Problem-Based Learning is Like A Chocolate Chip Cookie

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 At Makarios Community School students have the option of learning in any format they want, one of these is called Problem-Based Learning or Project-Based learning or PBL. The entire point of Problem-Based Learning is to solve a problem. The point of Makarios Community School is to support and encourage students to discover their interests, to think for themselves and to develop the tools and experience to solve problems. One of the fun activities we experienced at Makarios this past year was called "The Learning Challenge" and the purpose was for students to present a project, speech, presentation or report on a subject they had studied. The very first challenge included a project on entomophagy and chocolate chip cookies.

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More Than Teachers

Who were your favorite teachers? Chances are, they’re your favorite for reasons beyond teaching. We all know that great teachers not only teach lessons; they are also interesting people to get to be around and who have great relationships with students. One of mine said it this way: “My students will probably not remember the content of my lesson, but they will definitely remember the way they were treated.”

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Makarios Community School - A Place for Everyone

One of best things about Makarios is the sense of community. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a place in our school- except when they don’t, because they’re new. A prospective student’s trial week and a new student’s first few days can be some of the most interesting things to experience at Makarios, and it really solidifies the sense of community each and every time.

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My child can not get off their device. What do I do?

They wake up and immediately reach for their phones. They get in the car and immediately pull out their DS. Their faces are aglow, and you can see the reflection of their devices in their dilated pupils. Screen time for kids has been a hot topic ever since the first handheld device came out almost half a century ago. We still struggle every day with our children's faces glued to the screen. Sometimes we may even find; we're guilty of that as well!

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An Open Letter to Our Children: Why You’re Not in Public School (and you are at Makarios)

The other day when we were talking about public school and your Democratic Free School (Makarios), we realized that…

  1. We’ve never really explained to you why you’ve never been to public school. 
  2. Within this absence of explanation, you’ve made up some pretty wacky reasons.

We're writing to set the record straight.

 

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Why we work at Makarios...and not at In-N-Out

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This week a new parent at the school asked me: So do you all get a paycheck? Or are you all volunteers? Short of a discourse about how we each have justified working at what amounts to being a burger flipper, I just smiled and said: some of both. After all, as most individuals who work for non-profits, we are passionate about our work at Makarios.

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Why we work at Makarios...and not at In-N-Out

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This week a new parent at the school asked me: So do you all get a paycheck? Or are you all volunteers? Short of a discourse about how we each have justified working at what amounts to being a burger flipper, I just smiled and said: some of both. After all, as most individuals who work for non-profits, we are passionate about our work at Makarios.

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