Short, concise notes about our pedagogy.

If your students don’t enjoy something, they won’t stick with it.
If they don’t stick with it, it won’t compound.
Being interested precedes the results.

A good teacher transforms struggles into fuel for growth.

Our teachers are more coaches than educators. It used to be that teachers were content experts and focused on transmitting knowledge to students. Today our teachers concentrate on directly empowering students and supporting them in achieving their goals.
So, in short, less content delivery, more enhancing students' abilities to achieve their full potential.

Student-centered learning is a way of teaching that prioritizes the needs and capabilities of the student. Instead of the teacher or curriculum being the main focus, the student is at the center of the educational experience. This approach is designed to cater to the student's individual needs, interests, and abilities.

Asking "why" is our students' greatest weapon.

In school, we're graded on every test—even if it's our weakest subject.
In life, we can choose the tests we take. We can learn how to take more tests that play to our strengths.

The future is unknown and unknowable. What we do know is that it's becoming harder for every generation to get to financial independence. So we teach for practical skills & resourcefulness above all; college is no longer the end goal.

3 things we want to teach our students starting in 2023:
1. Spending money while thoughtfully estimating the pleasure it will bring (Morgan Housel).
2. People don’t communicate on social media; they perform for one another (psychologist Jonathan Haidt).
3. Designing your Internal Scorecard instead of falling into the trap of craving admiration. Montesquieu wrote 275 years ago, “If you only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”

School is not teaching our children the skills they need to be successful in life. Many children finish school without learning how to deal with unexpected situations, keep going when things are difficult, or handle changes.

We are creating classrooms that students would come to even if they didn't have to.

AI is now making essays, paintings and photographs, all perfect.
Maybe this will help us realize that imperfections drive humanity forward. Sanitized perfection is now a commodity. Differentiation, uniqueness, inconsistency are valuable.

The purpose of life is to experience things for which you will later experience nostalgia. Learning should be a frequent contributor.
Do you remember the last time you learned something fascinating, and it was an incredible feeling?

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