Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

“Mommy, Leave the Phone Down” - Review of The Big Disconnect

Posted by Dominique Craft on Apr 13, 2018 4:28:52 PM

 

Limiting screen time probably ranks near the top of most “Dreaded Parental Duties” lists. Finding the right balance between “I just need a few minutes of peace” and the endless playback loop of Netflix is never easy. In my house, our rule is no screens after school, since the Bubble Guppies join us for breakfast on many mornings. To tell the truth, I thought I was doing pretty well in the screen-limitation-parenting department, until the afternoon that my three year old tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Mommy, leave the phone down. Play with me.” Clearly, limiting my son’s screen time wasn’t enough. I also needed to check my own digital devices at the door. It was a hard thing to hear.

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Social-Emotional Development, Indpendent Schools, reading, Student and Faculty Perspectives

Supporting Emotional Learning through Communication

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Feb 26, 2018 1:13:52 PM

Shorecrest is committed to supporting good communication habits among students and their families beginning in the Experiential School and continuing past graduation. As Headmaster Mike Murphy writes, “The importance of teachers, coaches, and parents having close, positive, and trustful relationships with students and teens cannot be over-emphasized.

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Topics: Inside Shorecrest, Preschool, Social-Emotional Development

Techniques to Ease the Back to School Jitters

Posted by Kate Fierce on Jul 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every year, I hear from many families about the difficulties they and their children are having adjusting to going back to school. It’s quite common for students to feel apprehensive about the increased expectations in a new grade level, to worry about friends and fitting in, to be disappointed by the teacher they have or by the lack of close friends in their classrooms. We all want to see that our children and students are happy and confident, but these fears and disappointments are not something detrimental to their emotional health. Quite the opposite!

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

Emotional Intelligence following the Presidential Election

Posted by Mike Murphy on Nov 18, 2016 11:33:36 AM
The result of the Presidential Election was not nearly as surprising as the behavior of people I know and respect. While reading an article from Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of the best seller Emotional Intelligence 2.0 , it occurred to me that we all need to take a moment and evaluate our own behavior. Bradberry notes nine habits of emotionally intelligent people.
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Topics: Social-Emotional Development, Election

Why "How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?" Is the Wrong Question

Posted by Dominique Craft on Oct 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Proudly sporting their “I am a digital citizen” stickers, Shorecrest students gathered during this Digital Citizenship week to share ways to protect themselves and demonstrate Shorecrest values online. Daily, we send our students into the virtual world to conduct research, collaborate with peers across oceans, and take action to improve their communities. Students reinforce their math skills using engaging math games online. They build online Portfolios to demonstrate their learning. They create movies, websites, and other virtual products to share their knowledge. They challenge teachers to constantly evolve their practice to reflect the changing world.

In short, technology is transformative.

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Preschool, Social-Emotional Development, Core Values