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A Good Little School by Carole G. Basile

By Carole G. Basile

An exceptional Little college will pay homage to Jefferson County Open institution, a public tuition of selection with a thirty-year historical past of supplying another schooling for college students in K-12. Chronicled during this e-book are the non-public stories and anecdotes of lecturers, mom and dad, and scholars in the tuition, and the way their contributions make it detailed. In so doing, those reflections reveal to others that there's extra to schooling than traditional topic components comparable to math and interpreting. additionally tested are the ways that the varsity preserves the center parts that aid the scholars' top own, social, and highbrow pursuits. those self-reflective bills create a studying surroundings with humanity on the middle, giving scholars the abilities essential to lead compassionate lives.

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The Power of the Personal 37 As students move through the high school they complete six Passages, each in a different discipline, in order to graduate. Each Passage has a set of guidelines to help the student structure his work. There is no set timeline for when these must be completed. Some Open School students take a fifth year to finish high school. Finding the “right” topic is often difficult. Advisors spend a great deal of time helping students in this area. In one instance a student interested in the Holocaust did her first Passage as a ninth grader.

It’s the personal things, the self-directed aspects that take kids to a new level, helping them find out who they are, what they want to be, and how they will contribute to create the world that ought to be. 30 A Good Little School PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT Teachers at the Open School employ many approaches to classroom management such as developing a safe socio-emotional climate, managing group process, and utilizing behavior modification techniques. In the story that follows, an elementary teacher writes about one student and how she worked with him and his parents, utilizing a variety of personal, social, and intellectual management techniques, but most importantly, she worked with the end in mind—personal empowerment.

Personal advising provides a unique and rich opportunity for advisors and students to spend time with one another and discuss challenges and possible solutions. Advising has three dimensions, one-on-one, whole group, and selected group. At the elementary level, teachers are the advisors for their group of students, usually a 20–25 to 1 ratio. Students stay with the same teacher/advisor until they move to the next level. Therefore, one student may have the same advisor for three or four years.

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