Quick Quiz: How well do you encourage a “Growth Mindset” for your child?

Just as our students have the opportunity to learn and refine their skills, so too do NMS teachers. We often use time during our monthly staff meetings to discuss topics such as diversity, different learning styles and teaching methods. During a recent meeting, we spent time revisiting Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindset. In particular, we examined the language we use when we respond to students’ work and effort. How we as adults communicate feedback to students is a vital part of how students view themselves and their abilities. If we want to foster a growth mindset in our children, then our feedback needs to inspire them to be lifelong learners and capable of putting forth effort to over

An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England

The following open letter was featured in the Sunday, March 11, 2018 edition of The Boston Globe. Beth Black, Head of School, signed this letter along with her Head of School colleagues from 176 independent schools in New England. An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England We, the heads of independent schools, comprising 176 schools in the New England region, stand in solidarity with our students and with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died and are grieving

Talking with Toddlers: The Power of Positive Language

“No.” “Stop it.” “Don’t touch that!” As a parent, you might find yourself using these words and phrases when your child begins to make their own choices. It’s a natural reaction for most—so if you use these terms, you are not alone. Take a moment to think about how you are speaking to your child; are you finding success in stopping your toddler’s undesired behaviors? It's fun to work independently with messy materials! This defined space, ample work time, and a smock make the “cranberry bog” a positive opportunity for curiosity and exploring. It’s challenging for toddlers to understand the concept of negatives. Often, they miss the “don’t” or “stop” at the beginning of the sentence; translat

Exploring the Montessori Science Curriculum

Children are naturally curious, and they have a tremendous ability to observe even the smallest of details. The Montessori science curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to learn about the world around them, and it encourages them to use all of their senses when exploring. Similar to the rest of the Montessori curriculum, the science area first piques children's interest with simple activities and gradually moves to more complex material. During a unit on Space, a Primary student engages with matching cards to learn about the planets. Maria Montessori believed it was very important to give children the proper name for everything they interacted with on a daily basis. This included

Figures, Fish Tanks, and Friends: A Third Grade Internship

Each year, various departments within NMS provide experiential learning opportunities to third grade students in the form of an internship. Students are presented with a list of open positions around the school, and they select, then interview for, the role that appeals to them the most. With this being my first year in the Business Office, I instantly began brainstorming how I could possibly make filing, spreadsheets, operations, and budgeting remotely interesting to an elementary student. I mean, I love what I do, but you’re also reading a blog post written by someone who copied the dictionary for fun. Claire applied for the Business Office internship immediately, so we set up a 10-minute

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