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Dr. Dahra Williams

Entitlement is a phenomenon that has become increasingly prevalent in today's society. So much of our children’s lives are fast-paced with a “here and now” mentality. Children who grow up feeling entitled often believe that they are owed things without having to work for them. This can lead to problems in their adult lives, as entitlement can hinder the ability to develop healthy relationships, succeed in the workplace, and be self-sufficient. Read more for key steps parents can take to avoid raising entitled children. 

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The Benefits of Mindfulness in Schools
Mr. Thomas Brangs

As a teacher of mindfulness at The Independence School, I often wonder how I can enrich the minds of my students and introduce them to the researched benefits of cultivating a mindfulness practice. Simply put, mindfulness is the art of paying attention to what is happening right now, in the present moment. Think of it as a tool for one to use to calm down and focus on what they are doing. Read more about the benefits of mindfulness practice in school.

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Fitting Study into a Busy Middle School Schedule
Ms. Vita Biddle

Bleary-eyed and sleepy, your middle schooler awakens at 6:30 AM. After stumbling through their morning routine, they arrive at school about an hour later. The rest of the day is a cacophony of activity that includes classes, tests, projects, socializing with friends, in-school sports, and often extracurricular activities. With any luck, they are back in bed around 9:30 that night. So how can a busy middle schooler fit studying into this schedule?  

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Mrs. Bernadette Gilmore

While much about education should and does change over time, one thing is certain: Deep learning comes not only from practice, but also from conceptualization, discussion, trial and error, collaboration, and review. Rather than rely on traditional teacher-led math instruction only, a math curriculum that incorporates all of these learning strategies can be much more effective. Read more to learn how to make math lessons stick. 

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The Culminating Capstone
Mr. Kevin McDonald

I cautiously took a sip of the warm homemade concoction I had been handed in a dixie cup. The solution had been whipped up before my eyes only minutes before by an ambitious 14-year-old student named Chad. I prepared to wince. Surprisingly, it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t even bad. What is the Capstone experience at Independence? Read more to find out.

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What Lies Behind the Decision To Pay?

Have you ever wondered why parents choose a private education? Public and private schools are not the same, and neither is the experience they provide. 

Download a copy of our free guide "Why do Parents Choose Private Education" and learn more about the top reasons behind the decision to pay.