Over the last few years, I have been a part of two consortium groups of principals. One of these groups has been a Texas based group and the other is a group with nationwide representation. One of our topics that continues to be discussed is how best to develop “successful” students. One of my colleagues sent me a link to an article about how to raise “successful” students from the Business Insider. The article is titled “Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common”. A thought always enters my mind asking, "What does successful actually mean?"
Success is defined in a multitude of ways. Simply do a search on success and there are countless articles on what success is for individuals and what it is for us as a collective society. I would never be so bold as to define what success should mean to anyone - that being for students, parents, teachers or even family members. Success can be measured in a million ways and it can be very personal. My aim this week is to find out how our students/children define success. Take the time this three day weekend and begin the conversation about success. What does success look like? How does one achieve success? How do I know when I am successful? As we have had transition meetings, sophomore conferences, and visits by counselors to WHS classrooms and to our middle schools, the term success continues to be a topic of conversation. Taking the time to have this conversation is crucial during the high school experience. I promise that your children will amaze you with their answers. I am providing the link that was sent to me as well as another article that defines success in 20 ways.
These articles are just to begin the conversations and are not the belief system of Steven A. Ramsey – I thought a disclaimer would be a necessary and nice touch this week! Enjoy the long weekend.
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AP Human Geography - Craig Gaslow, Lane Grigg and Susanna McConnell
For the last couple of weeks, students in AP Human Geography have been learning about trends of human migration and how those trends put strains on society’s resources. In order to apply this knowledge and their knowledge of urbanization and policy, students formed teams to propose urban reforms in order to transform a mega city, taking a challenge that a city faces and designing a possible remedy for that challenge.
As students researched the challenges and possible remedies, they each also assumed one of the following roles: Historian, Economist, Humanitarian and City Planner. Then, students combined their individual research to create a presentation for their classmates. At the conclusion of each presentation, the presenters answered clarification and extension questions from their audience.
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