Valuing Young Adolescents

July 13, 2015 by Bill Ivey

This We Believe, published by the Association of Middle Level Education, lists the 16 research-based characteristics of successful middle schools. It also includes information on young adolescent development - cognitive-intellectual, physical, moral, psychological, and social-emotional. We as a faculty, along with any interested staff members, are reading the book this summer.

Filed Under: Middle School, Middle Level Education, Education, This We Believe, MiddleTalk

Five Minutes Longer

May 05, 2015 by Bill Ivey

In the MiddleTalk educators’ group, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School has become inseparably entwined with the question “What would you do if you were brave?” since my answer to that question when asked by group member Brenda Dyck more than a decade ago was “I would start a middle school.” One year later, of course, I became part of the committee that helped found SBMS.

Check “starting a middle school” off my to-do list!

Filed Under: Middle School, girls' education, education reform, Middle Level Education, Education, This We Believe, MiddleTalk

What is the point of an education?

February 20, 2015 by Bill Ivey

My Humanities 7 class is studying education now. We're continuing with Firegirl by Tony Abbott as a read-aloud book, since much of the action takes place in a school, and the students voted for I Am Malala as a group read. As always, they are researching individually chosen questions as they prepare to write essays and make a presentation, and the questions range from comparing and contrasting different groups or systems of schools (public vs. private, U.K. vs. U.S., mixed gender vs. single gender, etc.) to tracing the evolution of education over time to looking at the relative benefits and importance of a spiritual vs. a traditional education, and more.

Filed Under: Middle School, On Education, Girls Schools, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Middle Level Education, IB School, This We Believe