Head of School Posts

November 11, 2014

Being Mindful About Education

As educators and parents, we know that students learn best when they feel physically and emotionally safe, when they are engaged in learning, and when they are connected to a larger community.  It is for these reasons that Dawson’s 2014 Strategic Plan includes an intentional emphasis on the social and emotional well being of students.  I believe that schools can be deliberate in teaching students how to become independent and to manage the many competing priorities in their lives. We can teach them, and ourselves, how to slow down and manage stress and/or anxiety through the practice of what is known generally as mindfulness.

According to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley (Greater Good), mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and surrounding environment.  One way of doing this is through the regular practice of meditation.  The health benefits of mindfulness are numerous.  A recent article in Psychology Today (Change Your Brain) speaks specifically to these benefits, which include a decrease in anxiety, increased focus in stressful situations, and increased capacity for empathy.  These benefits are realized through regular practice that actually changes your brain.

Though meditation has its roots in Buddhism, it has evolved into a secular practice that provides many of the daily benefits mentioned above.  Specific... » read more

More recent posts

August 28, 2014

Engaging Students for a Fluid and Dynamic Future

“Dawson graduates are young men and women who reach their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.” That is Dawson School’s vision, and we help our students become those young men and women every day. I am proud of the school we are at this moment, and proud of... » read more
July 30, 2014

Keys to the Most Effective Teachers and Learners

I am a growing Twitter enthusiast, and something came to me through that medium early in July in a post from Carrie Lam at Edutopia (@edutopia) titled “11 Habits of an Effective Teacher.” The list appealed to me instantly, primarily because I think that many of these characteristics... » read more
March 31, 2014

Dr. Yong Zhao, Dawson, and the Future of Education

We at Dawson were fortunate to have author, speaker, and thinker Yong Zhao on campus this week to work with our faculty and also to speak with other educators, parents, and students in the community about the future of global education.  Dr. Zhao advocates a paradigm shift away from the... » read more
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