What I Wish My School Knew

By Sofiia Onopriienko Thinking back on the end of the school year, I am writing this letter inspired by the way my school, Lakefield College School, creates not just the learning space but the atmosphere of a united community, regardless of how many miles away we are from each other. I also want to share how much studying remotely has helped me, not only during the spring, but back in December, when I was away for over a month while trying to combine my passion and my education, and do my absolute best in both fields. This letter is an expression of my gratitude. I want you to know that studying online is not a burden for us, the students. I see it rather as a gift to those of us who are provided additional time to devote to our passions, and for those of us who feel discomfort, as it is truly an opportunity for growth. There have been…

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Learning With Lakefield Remotely: Pathways Leading To and From Our Program

By Jen Frickey, Director of Learning Success and Dean Van Doleweerd, Assistant Head:Academics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuCoZgInyB8&t=11s Over the last month, the entire world has been impacted by an event that quickly swept across the globe. In our corner of the world, we have been taking the Lakefield experience and trying to find a way to have our community stay connected and continue learning together through Learning with Lakefield—Remotely. While there are many ideas driving our work, we have focused on academic excellence, co-curricular enrichment and learning and growth sustained through community engagement. Through these lenses our teachers are able to deliver a curriculum that is advanced and enriched, and to continue to support and hold high expectations for our students for the remainder of our year.  Maintaining an Intentional Pace: Easing In and Ramping Up to Deeper Learning At LCS, we benefited from the advantage of time and the experience of other educators.…

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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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