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The Beginning of a New Adventure

“The school should, with a keen sense of responsibility, choose nothing either because it is old or because it is new, but everything because it is good…We must lead children to become active explorers in the field of knowledge. We … Continue reading

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Thinking Up a Solution

“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” This quote comes from science writer Robert Lewin. For me, it is an interesting statement of two different ways to approach teaching. Rote memorization was often … Continue reading

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The Return of a Derby Day Tradition

A school of many traditions, Derby Academy has been the focus of two different books, one by Ted Roscoe published in 1984 and one by Jay Sadlon published in 2010. Each book brings to life some of the traditions that … Continue reading

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Freedom of Expression and Faculty Staffing Updates

This blog has a bit of a different tone in that it underlines the fact we are almost at the end of the year. Field Day last week – a wonderful and resounding success!! Great weather; great spirits; great camaraderie. … Continue reading

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Thank you!

I have often heard the expression, “Gratitude unexpressed is not gratitude.” I am not certain of the origin of this saying but I become more and more conscious of it as we rush from place to place, from task to … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Century Learners

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” This quote is from Rabindranath Tagore who in 1931 was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also was India’s first … Continue reading

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More Than Just a School

Do any of you recall the commercial, “Do you know where your children are?” It generally meant: “Are your children at the movies? Off at the park? Out with a friend?” Now the answer to that question may not be … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Friendship

This has been a short week, in terms of days at school. Monday was a holiday, a day to celebrate Patriot’s Day. The weather was not especially pleasant but certainly not bad enough to stop the Boston Marathon. Interspersed in … Continue reading

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Significance of April 18, Staffing Updates, Dr. Michael Thompson Visit

What is so significant about April 18? “On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five, Hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year.” And so Henry Wadsworth Longfellow begins this famous poem of “Paul Revere’s Ride.” … Continue reading

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Celebrating Grandfriends Day

An exciting day today: Grandfriends Day! Full of energy and perhaps a bit of confusion – our campus grows by roughly 60% on this one day. With the crazy winter we have had, finding space for all the cars was … Continue reading

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