From Carol


Race to Nowhere

March 23, 2013 No comments
"Race to Nowhere" is an education documentary that challenges current thinking about how to best prepare our students for success.  It encourages us to rethink not only WHAT it is we are preparing our children for but HOW we go about doing it... and more importantly... WHY we do it. I first viewed Race to Nowhere in an auditorium filled with parents and public school teachers and administrators at Austin High School.   I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the house.  And there were several angry educators.  This film endeavors to raise awareness and change public ...

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Bag Check

March 13, 2013 No comments
I have heard Coach Doug call a player's tennis bag a 'life line'.  It should contain everything you may need on the island of the competitive tennis court. My son, Josh, is meticulous about his tennis bag and its contents.   It is organized like a ship captain's data log.  Everything has a space and everything is in its place.  Now, mind you, while he has always been pretty good about this task, at times, it might have looked like this: 1) some brown thing that resembles the remnants of a banana peel, and a 7 month old protein bar crammed together in the side pocket ...

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A Whirlwind in DC

March 13, 2013 No comments
I spent a few days with some of the greatest creative minds in education.  The 2013 Advanc-Ed Summit was held in Washington DC and the focus was Successful Learning in the Digital Age.  I was really looking forward to the inspirational architecture, history and messaging intertwined throughout the sites of our nation's capital, and I was pleasantly surprised to find just as much stimulating insight through the events and speakers at the Summit. I was honored to meet Sir Ken Robinson, author, inspirational TedTalk speaker, advocate for education revolution, and the ...

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CP Students Celebrate Chinese New Year!

March 10, 2013 No comments
from Morgan, student contributor Chinese New Year is here! This year is the year of the snake. The first day of Chinese New Year is February 10th, so the New Year is well underway.  The Chinese New Year celebration lasts over a span of two weeks. In preparation for the New Year it is a custom that Chinese people thoroughly clean their house sweeping away all of the bad luck from the previous year. After the first few days of the New Year they don’t clean their house to prevent the good luck that the New Year will bring to go away. Eight is the lucky number of because ...

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Ode To A Copious Vocabulary

March 10, 2013 No comments
Each week, CP students are challenged and tested with 10 new SAT worthy vocabulary words.  The ongoing contest is who can use them most eloquently in daily conversation... this week, Coach Newman wins. I was in San Antonio watching the Boys and Girls 16s National Open the past three days.  There was a clear difference between ATA players and the other players I watched.  The milieu of ATA College Prep is one of teamwork and focus.  I have been impressed with the progress the players I watched have made, and by the progress all of you have made this year.  While ...

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Meditate Your Way to Genius

February 15, 2013 No comments
CP students practice square breathing at the beginning of each school day.  They practice Alpha on the courts before the beginning of practice.  They practice 'the golden' in between points.  What do these things have in common? They are all methods of becoming aware, eliminating distraction, and tapping into the alpha brain wave. This article A Neural Basis for Benefits of Meditation describes a Brown University study that proposes a neurophysiological framework to explain the clinical benefits of what we already know and practice here at ATA CP. Think it!  Be ...

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School Kills Creativity

February 13, 2013 No comments
If you have not had the pleasure to contemplate Sir Ken Robinson's views on education... take a few moments to watch this TED Talk.

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Nurturing Nature

February 8, 2013 No comments
According to Joshua Leibman, author of Peace of Mind, "There is here no fatalism of endowment." Recently, I was gifted with a Bonsai tree. I always admired images of these miniature works of art - carefully cultivated and delicately crafted over long periods of time.  I used to imagine the patience involved in watching something so precious progress so very slowly and the assiduity necessary in guiding its growth. I spent days, weeks, months looking at my new charge, wondering in what directions its branches might tend to grow.  I would occasionally turn it ...

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Did Thomas Edison Get an “A” in Light Bulb Design Class?

February 6, 2013 No comments
In all of the serious aspects of our lives, do we really remember the powerful relationship between creative play... and thinking? Problem solving comes from exploration.  If the silly ideas of the 'impossible' are ignored, passed over and closed down in our children, they will stop thinking creatively.  They become embarrassed by failure, when in reality, failure is how we learn.  Failure is how we learned to walk - we stumbled through it. It's how we learned to ride a bike - we fell over and skinned our knees. Failure is how we become intelligent... otherwise, how ...

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Self Actualization

November 29, 2012 No comments
“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization. .. It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.” ~ Abraham Maslow (for notes on his book Motivation and Personality visit http://bit.ly/TfV703

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