Attention is a Muscle…and We All Should Be Doing Reps

By Carrie Gilfillan, Learning Strategist  In my work with students at Lakefield College School, I often approach the topic of mindfulness through the lens of attention. I was grateful to have had the opportunity to share this different way of thinking about mindfulness with our students during this week’s Mindful Moment, a weekly mindfulness practice in our Chapel programming. Now, because I know the power of a good hook to grab attention I started out jokingly dedicating this week’s Mindful Moment to a student who, just the other week, in an overwhelmed moment, told me that they may punch something if another adult asks them if they practice mindfulness. While starting out this way was definitely a strategy on my part to gain the attention of a group of teenagers, it was this interaction that reminded me of how our kids need to understand that mindfulness is more than something…

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Can “Community” Save Our Kids

By Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation, Lakefield College School The scourge of anxiety, depression and loneliness among teenagers today is all the talk among educators. And it should be, because we see it every day in the students we are charged with preparing for their next stages in life. It’s put down to all sorts of causes. Parental pressure to get high grades, build a resume and get a job. Speculation that the jobs of tomorrow don’t exist today. Stories of unemployed graduates with useless degrees. Social media pressure to present a perfect picture of happiness, beauty, sexuality, prosperity, fashion awareness or whatever other winds fill the sails of popularity. Then there’s the pervasiveness of electronic devices, which can connect people—or make all connection remote and two-dimensional. And of course, the lack of time to “just be kids.” That’s only a taste. The list is long. All take their…

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3 Reasons to Try Drama and Dance at an Independent High School

While arts education has sadly been cut from some school curriculums, it is flourishing in others and is recognized for its significant developmental value in everything that schools should be nurturing. Research suggests that education in the arts improves general academic performance, comprehension and communication skills, social and emotional development, and cognitive ability. For a school like Lakefield College School (LCS), which challenges and enables students to reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit, the cocurricular arts program plays a central role. For example, the confidence and creative stimulation developed through artistic dance and the dramatic arts in school serves students in whichever path they choose to pursue throughout their lives. LCS develops and presents a dance showcase and two major drama productions each year in which students are heavily involved in all aspects. Any student may audition for the plays in fall and spring terms. Many acquire…

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