Homecoming Week Ahead, September 25-29
As we continue forward with developing our Proficiency Based Diploma practices at LRHS, an ongoing focus has been our work in developing "student agency"--the skills, habits, and mindsets that students are responsible for their own learning and able to manage it independently for the rest of their lives.
Developing this independence is arguably our most important task as an educational institution--the greatest marker of whether we have been successful with our students or not. The challenge of that--as this article (thanks to Roger Smith for sharing something he is using in Psychology!) discusses--is that what we mean by independence is in many ways culturally and contextually determined.
For example--I know many parents have communicated to me that they don't want their student present in conversations about the student's academic progress, for various reasons. There are certainly conditions and situations where not including a high school student in a discussion of his or her progress might be appropriate, but it is certainly not a strategy that promotes the student's independence or agency.
A "slower" growing up process should inform our efforts to develop student agency, and may actually cause us to pull back on some efforts, but the overall question is the one implied by the article--How do we make sure that teens eventually get the opportunity to develop the skills they will need as adults: independence, along with social and decision-making skills?
It is Homecoming week, with tons of activities scheduled throughout.
Some of the particulars follow.
Dress up days:Monday 9/25 'Merica Day (red,white,blue)
Tuesday 9/26 - Tourist Day
Wednesday 9/27 - PJ Day
Thursday 9/28 - Trick or Treat Day (must be able to see face)
Friday 9/29 - Blue & Gold Day
Other Events:Parade is Thursday 9/28 at 6:30 at Highland Lake Beach to Stevens Brook Elementary with bonfire at 7:00 and back to high school for gym decorating until 10:30 PM
Pep Rally will be Friday at 12:50 in the gym
Dance is Saturday, September 30 from 7 - 10 PMT
Faculty Council will meet from 2:15 to 3:30, to hammer out action steps for the initiatives listed on the Vision and Growth Plan.
It will be a busy and fun week--everyone, have a great one!
A. Erik Good
Lake Region High School