The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom

Published by EducationNews.org — “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker A 2013 review of the literature published by Behavior Sciences concludes that boredom motivates a desire for change, new goals, experiences and pursuits.  “Boredom increases opportunities to attain social, cognitive, emotional and experiential stimulation that could have been missed.”  — OnContinue reading “The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom”

Graduating From High School With Great Work Habits

Published by EducationNews.org — At this school students take ownership of their behavior as well as their learning. “Aaaaah, someone let the chickens out.” Melissa Hall, Vice Principal of Greene Charter School in W. Greenwich, RI, has been keeping an eye out the window behind her desk while she and others were answering my questions.  AContinue reading “Graduating From High School With Great Work Habits”

Expeditionary Learning – Journeying Through Compelling Content

Published by EducationNews.org — Expeditionary Learning is a project-based educational approach that takes students on intellectual voyages. Open since 2010, Greene Charter School in West Greenwich, RI, is one of a network of a large and growing network of “Expeditionary Learning” (EL) schools. “Expeditionary learning” sounds deliciously exotic, like maybe what Marco Polo was doing or Dr. Livingston onContinue reading “Expeditionary Learning – Journeying Through Compelling Content”

Determined Parents Start A School For Atypical Kids

Published by EducationNews.org — The schools available to these parents’ kids were maddeningly non-responsive. Dr. Amy Pratt looks me dead in the eye when she says, “The Greene Charter School would not exist if it weren’t for me and the parents.”  Christa Andrews, another co-founding-Board member of Greene, looks a little exhausted from it all, butContinue reading “Determined Parents Start A School For Atypical Kids”