Week 15 in Review: How do Heroes manage a full plate?

This session is fairly short—Four weeks from beginning to end. As we approach the halfway point, Heroes are starting to feel the "pinch" of time more and more. On a wall in our Studio, they've posted their goals for the session—a certain percentage of Khan Academy, a completed Deep Book Badge, a milestone on their Grammar Badge. These "self-paced" goals are held in tension with our session badges—Quest, Storytelling, and Civilization. How do Heroes manage such a full plate?

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Announcing our judges for the Dec 1 Children's Business Fair

We are thrilled to announce our judges for the Children's Business Fair this Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Pinewood Forest Holiday Marketfest. These experienced entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs will spend quality time with each of our kidpreneurs to understand their businesses, provide valuable feedback, and ultimately choose the top prizes for the business fair.

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Week 13 in Review: What's better—world class skills with mediocre sportsmanship, or mediocre skills with world class character?

Which would you rather have—awesome skills, a fixed mindset, and a sub-par attitude OR a growth mindset, good attitude, and skills with room for improvement? When questioned about how he chooses players for his team, renowned head women’s basketball coach at UCONN said he would rather lose a game than play an athlete with poor sportsmanship.

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Week 12 in Review: Another Week, Another Milestone

Another week, another milestone. As the learners take on more and more leadership, the Guides continue to step back. We continue to hold up our end of the deal: to provide a safe learning environment; to hold up a mirror to Heroes on the state of the Studio; and to create engaging Quests, challenges, and launches that inspire Heroes to pursue excellence. But an important baton of leadership has been passed to the Heroes themselves. What does this next stage of self-governance look like? 

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Week 10 in Review: The forest, not the trees

This week, Heroes have been exploring language. What is it, exactly? Are language and communication the same thing? How does language shape the way we think and act? What happens when communication breaks down—when what we meant by our words is misheard, misinterpreted, or misunderstood? Is language unique to people, or does it exist elsewhere in nature?

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Week 5 in Review: How long before you should ask for help?

It can be difficult making the transition from traditional teacher/school/working habits to the learner-driven environment at The Forest School. Particularly during Core Skills, heroes have struggled with taking charge of their own learning when the rubber hits the road. Once a new concept becomes “hard”, their first instinct has been to reach out for help.

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Week 4 Year 1 in Review: A Quest is born!

During a launch this week, Heroes were reflecting on their Labor Day adventures when the conversation veered toward the culture they are building at The Forest School. One hero started us off. "My grandparents kept asking me about school, and I didn't know how to put everything in words." "Yeah!" another jumped in. "It's impossible to describe what we do here!" "Well," I said, "Try. If you could describe the school in one sentence, what would you say?"

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Week 3 Year 1 in Review

What a fun week! This week as a team we focused on one of our school's core design anchors—Enthusiastically Diverse and Relationship-Centered—and thought about how we could make this anchor evident in each of our learning experiences. We drew inspiration from Maya Angelou…

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Team Update!

The Forest School team continues to grow with warm hearted and tough minded professionals who will guide our heroes. We're thrilled to introduce you to Ashley, Mary Faith, and Joan!

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