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By Carole G. Basile

A very good Little institution can pay homage to Jefferson County Open tuition, a public university of selection with a thirty-year historical past of offering an alternate schooling for college students in K-12. Chronicled during this e-book are the non-public studies and anecdotes of lecturers, mom and dad, and scholars in the tuition, and the way their contributions make it particular. In so doing, those reflections reveal to others that there's extra to schooling than traditional topic components similar to math and examining. additionally tested are the ways that the college preserves the middle parts that aid the scholars' top own, social, and highbrow pursuits. those self-reflective money owed create a studying surroundings with humanity on the heart, giving scholars the abilities essential to lead compassionate lives.

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The feedback seemed to give a confidence boost for the kids and reinforced to them what learning looks like and that kids all do it differently and at different paces. The conferencing process is new and refreshing in that the students lead them, guided by the teacher and has input and dialogue with the parents. It is not a shameful process where students are admonished The Power of the Personal 33 (which is how I remember them), but a celebration, a time for genuine conversation and advice or guidance.

Through this experience, students learn how to discuss problems and concerns in an appropriate manner. Everyone’s opinions, feelings, and concerns are taken into consideration before a decision is made. Watching students in action, making their own decisions and drawing their own conclusions, provides a sense of fulfillment. And finally, one advisor summed up the experience this way: Welcome to the Open School carnival. I am a plate spinner. In reality, these plates are our students, but they can be just as fragile.

With these three dimensions in mind—intellectual, social, and personal—the chapters that follow will provide a more in-depth view of the processes and outcomes that can be attained when your expectations are for the whole child. CREATING HUMANITY . . THROUGH A WHOLISTIC APPROACH • • Listen to kids. Listen to every part of them. Address their intellectual, their personal, and social needs. Allow the “pie” to change every day for every child—focusing on that piece that needs it the most at that particular moment.

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