It's so exciting to be back into the swing of the school year - I can hardly believe it has already been a month! 2018-2019 is off to a great start. There are several curricular initiatives that we will be delving deeper into this school year: student engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and personal presentation skills, including public speaking. I am excited to share details throughout the year, but today I want to focus on student engagement.
Head of School Blog
Part of helping our students become lifelong learners means helping them develop self-confidence in their own academic abilities. This self-confidence allows students to approach academic challenges with a can-do attitude, which can lead to them enjoying problem-solving in the face of difficult lessons and concepts. Then when they successfully work through the challenge, it reinforces their self-confidence.
At Laurence, the social-emotional health of our students is paramount. As we strive to help students and parents successfully navigate the challenges of living in a digital world, teaching our students balanced technology use and responsible digital citizenship are priorities to us. Last fall, I blogged about the importance of device-free time, and I am following up with a "part B" to provide you with more information and resources on this topic, including ideas for how to encourage positive media use.