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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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I Don't Like Skype

Some people have wondered why on earth Sewickley Academy is moving to implement a 1-to-1 program. Won’t laptops and other devices mean that kids are even more withdrawn from the vital interactions we want them to have with their teachers and peers? Doesn’t this mean that technology will take over the world at SA? To these questions, I answer robustly No! And no! OK, but why?

If you grew up as I did, you were raised in a house with one black rotary phone in the kitchen provided by Ma Bell. This was the big technology, and it was used reverently; in fact, we kids were not allowed to use the phone without permission. Contrast that with the world of today where telecommunications are ubiquitous and texting has overtaken calling as the principal means of communications among teens – and even some adults. What does this have to do with my dislike of Skype? A lot, I think. I am not comfortable with Skype; I don’t like the delays, and I find it awkward to be watching someone on the screen who is looking at their screen and not at me – that is they are looking at the screen and not the camera. 
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Topics: Technology

Are you talking to your baby? It's never too early to start!

 

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Topics: Parenting

Blended Learning is Not Cyber School

Sewickley Academy’s move to use a “Bring Your Own Device” program to support a Blended Learning environment does not mean that we are becoming a cyber school. Remember, as I indicated in a recent post on this subject, Blended Learning seeks to take the best practices from the online environment and combine them with the best practices from the on-ground classroom.

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Topics: Education

7 Tips For Raising Boys [Webinar Replay]

Sewickley Academy's Director of Support Services Shannon Mulholland, Ph.D. conducted a webinar titled, "Raising Boys," in which she offered seven tips to help boys become happy, healthy, and productive members of our society who have forged sound relationships and who have developed their skills and talents.

Click on the play button below to begin the video.

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Topics: Parenting

3 Tips For Empowering Girls [Webinar Replay]

Sewickley Academy's Director of Support Services Shannon Mulholland, Ph.D. conducted a webinar titled "Empowering Girls," in which she offered three tips you can use to help your daughter hear her own voice and built her sense of confidence.

Click on the play button below to begin the video.

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Topics: Parenting

What Is Blended Learning?

As we move to adopt a 1-to-1 framework in Grades 6 through 12 at Sewickley Academy, we remain mindful of the importance of the teacher in inspiring students and of the centrality student-teacher relationship in achieving the best outcomes.  Adopting a 1-to-1 program assures that teachers have a consistent and predictable set of tools they can use in their work with students.  Just as the talented carpenter will benefit from having a range of wood-working tools, so too do teachers benefit from having a range of tools that increase the number of ways to engage a range of learners.

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Topics: Technology, Education

Teachers are Learners, Too

Today is not a “day off” for Sewickley Academy teachers, but rather a chance to collaborate and learn with and from one another. Teachers and administrators sharing expertise and working together toward common goals improve learning for all of our students.

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Topics: Education

9 Valentine's Day Box Ideas

Valentine's Day is just around the corner - a time for candy hearts, chocolate kisses, Valentine's Day cards, and something to put them in, a Valentine's Day box! 

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Topics: Parenting

2 Stars And A Wish - An Activity To Talk With Your Child

Growing up on a farm in a large family, I remember playing outdoors with my siblings (in every season), doing chores (inside and outside), and family mealtimes.  My father worked hard on the farm and put in long hours in the field and with the livestock.  My mother was busy cooking, gardening and caring for us (5 children), as well being involved in the community, church and 4-H.  Yet, despite the heavy workload, busy school schedules and the varied family and community obligations, we always made time to have supper together – as a family. 
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Topics: Parenting

Using Books to Expand Your Child's Global Horizons - Part II

This post is the second in a two-part series about helping your child think globally.

The U.S. Department of Education recommends that parents and their children “read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat.  Invite the child to join in on these parts.”  This strategy can be used when reading in any language.  Many familiar stories can be found in languages other than English.  If it is a story with much repetition, the pattern of the story can be learned quickly by you and your child.  Additional stories can be created using the same pattern but different vocabulary. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, is an example of a repetitive story known to many children. Children enjoy taking the familiar story and creating their own version.  This is a way to expand your child’s vocabulary in another language.

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Topics: Global Studies

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