What is “personalized education”?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What is “personalized education”?

Which of these photos show personalized education?     Many school districts are offering what they call personalized education without a clear definition of its meaning. An article in Education Week includes the following statements from a veteran teacher in the Jefferson County school system in Kentucky. “This whole thing is coming from the tech industry, which doesn’t understand that what kids need is someone to love them and get excited about them. I’m not aware of any research that says sticking a child in front of a computer for hours on end does them any good.”...

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Journaling in Middle and High School is College Preparation

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Journaling in Middle and High School is College Preparation

Q: Why are we required to spend so much energy writing?
A: “College Preparation.”

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Lessons From Adult Education

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A recent issue of Education Week contains an article by Josh Middleton, a former school superintendent, now director of Adult Education in Montana, where Adult Education programs are compared to the typical K-12 programs.  There is much K-12 programs could learn from Adult Education programs.  I compared the standards in Texas and came to the same conclusions. Adult education addresses student’s academic needs and deficits INDIVIDUALLY.  K-12 programs compartmentalize students according to age. It tends to be “one size fits all”. K-12 students sit through a day’s...

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Thanksgiving and Christmas Projects Provide Opportunities for Service and Generosity

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Articles, Blog | 0 comments

Thanksgiving and Christmas Projects Provide Opportunities for Service and Generosity

In November, our Lewisville students and staff participated in Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse International. Students brought their purchased donations to fill shoeboxes for their adopted children. Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child demonstrates God’s love to hurting children in a tangible way, by partnering with churches worldwide to deliver gift- filled shoeboxes and the Good News of Jesus Christ. Thank you to the families who chose to fill your own shoebox for a needy child, filled with items for school supplies, hygiene products, and a small toy....

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Significant Learning

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Significant Learning

No significant learning can take place without a significant relationship. – James Conan The key words in this quote are “significant” and “significant”.  It is certainly possible for some learning to take place without a significant relationship.  However, in my experience, I can’t recall truly having an epiphany of learning while sitting in a lecture hall with a thousand others.  But, when I had a personal relationship with the teacher, I knew that I was not just a face in the crowd, but was a real person.  I still clearly remember the encouragement I...

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Willow Bend Academy – a little school that gives a lot.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Students at Willow Bend Academy are generous givers.  Each month, they are involved in a different service project. During the first month of the 2013-2014 school year, students donated new and gently used coats to a local charity for distribution to needy families. The following month, the students supported the Lakota tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Non-perishable food, clothing, disposable diapers and various other items were collected for shipment to the reservation. Next, students brought “store bought” (long shelf life) cookies.  Members of the Willow...

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