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Making Time for Collaboration

October 5, 2018

The edusphere is abuzz these days about school schedules. You likely have seen articles about the need for high school students to begin school later in the morning. Another popular study focuses on teacher schedules–that is, the time teachers have to plan and collaborate compared to their classroom teaching hours.

According to a February 27, 2017 article in Education Week, “U.S. educators spend far more time teaching lessons and less time planning them than educators in other top-performing countries.” The report concludes that this discrepancy deprives teachers of benefits that come from observing other teachers, collaborating as teams, and doing individual planning.

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Reaching Back, Looking Forward

September 7, 2018

How well do you remember 2004? Britney Spears married Kevin Federline. Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl. Friends aired its final episode. And all but a few current Gardner students had yet to be born!

2004 also is the last time The Gardner School started work on a strategic plan. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? The population of Clark County has grown by nearly 100,000 residents, and with it a dramatic increase in educational options—including online schools, unheard of in 2004!—available to our current and future students. Where does Gardner fit in this landscape? What shall be our unique contribution to our community in the next decade?

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In Defense of Boredom

June 8, 2018

Twenty-seven years ago (yes, that’s right), the poet Kurt Cobain summed it up nicely when he sang, “Here we are now. Entertain us.”  Whether speaking about Gen Y or Millennials or the I-Generation, Cobain captured in six simple words what many have written endlessly about for the past three decades.

Children today don’t know how to be bored.

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