KPS Literacy Assessments

    What do you think of when someone says, “ASSESSMENTS”? This is the first question I asked at the recent PS Parent Coffee on November 15th. Parents responded with the words: test, anxiety, grading, fear, stress, judgment. And yes, when most …
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    The Value of Close Listening

    “If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.”                — Turkish saying This quote is important to me because now in our culture SPEAKING seems to be gold and listening is pretty much non-existence.  Everyone is racing to be heard – …
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    Fostering Curiosity & Imagination

    At Kent Place, we know the importance of integrating the arts into the regular classroom instruction to engage and motivate students.   The key to appreciation and application of the arts is the cultivation of a growth or an imagination mindset, an …
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    Vocabulary: For the Love of Words

    Some words feel wonderful in your mouth: benevolent, pashmina, Constantinople. They roll right off one’s tongue and into one’s imagination.  Words hold meaning and are the building blocks of all human thought. When I began teaching thirty-seven years ago, I marveled …
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    ‘Tis the Season to be Baking!

      As the holidays approach and cold weather sets in, we often think of indoor, hands-on activities to engage and motivate children. One activity that enriches experience, extends critical and creative thinking  is cooking. And it’s delicious and tasty too! …
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