“THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRACY”—OR IS IT?

“THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRACY”—OR IS IT? “This is not a democracy” has become popular parent-speak for, “You do as I say, and I don’t want to hear any more arguments.” Granted, kids don’t “elect” their parents—and shouldn’t have the right to “outvote” them on matters of health, safety, and civilized behavior. But if the household isn’t a place of 100 percent equality, it shouldn’t be a … [Read more...] about “THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRACY”—OR IS IT?

SHADY OAK BEST PRACTICES: STUDENT VOTING

SHADY OAK BEST PRACTICES: STUDENT VOTING Every month we publish two articles on “Shady Oak Best Practices,” our favorite approaches to education and why they work. If friends ask why you send your kids to Shady Oak instead of a “regular” school, refer them to this series—and the science backing us up—for starters. Allowing students to ask questions—and even question the teacher—is a … [Read more...] about SHADY OAK BEST PRACTICES: STUDENT VOTING

Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #9: Proper Knowledge and Skills to Facilitate Training

Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #9: Proper Knowledge and Skills to Facilitate Training Our teachers at Shady Oak are committed to effectiveness. Parents—the first and most consistent teachers their children know—can cultivate like qualities in themselves. Mediocre teachers present practically everything in lecture form. Star teachers see themselves as training facilitators, giving … [Read more...] about Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #9: Proper Knowledge and Skills to Facilitate Training

Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #8: Sharing Information and Mentoring Others

Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #8: Sharing Information and Mentoring Others Our teachers at Shady Oak are committed to effectiveness. Parents—the first and most consistent teachers their children know—can cultivate like qualities in themselves. Mediocre teachers jealously guard their knowledge from “rivals.” Star teachers see every colleague as an essential part of the team, … [Read more...] about Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #8: Sharing Information and Mentoring Others

Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #7: Effective Conflict Mediation Skills

Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #7: Effective Conflict Mediation Skills Our teachers at Shady Oak are committed to effectiveness. Parents—the first and most consistent teachers their children know—can cultivate like qualities in themselves. Mediocre teachers see only one means of settling conflict: exert their authority to make one or both sides back down. Star teachers are skilled … [Read more...] about Top 10 Qualities Of Effective Teachers: #7: Effective Conflict Mediation Skills