Re: DSM: school all year...

From: Gayle Remisch (tegdib@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Sep 08 2001 - 23:19:26 EDT


Here the staff consists of me and the parents of the enrolled students,
and the occasional mentor or specialist we hire in to do something
specific.

I only have 5 full time day students, but I have 20 registered all in
all. The other 15 are enrolled in our unique Distance Learning
Program. They contact me with what they are doing on their own and I
keep files for them so they have a record of their achievements. Their
parents are their teachers and again, mentors or tutors for specific
subjects. Some are on boats with their families sailing around the
world with their laptops, or Bicycling across Canada, or busy running
their own businesses, a couple are successfully in the entertainment
industry. They need their flexibility and so learning is living for
them and us.

As for me and the other parents, we all initiate activities we are
interested in. So when our services are not being required by students
they see us involved in activities of our own desires. For instance, I
like dancing so once a week I take a half hour ballroom dancing class,
I'm also heavily into the study of Egyptian Heiroglyphics. All the
kids know, if they need me I'll take a break from what I'm doing as
they are my primary concern, responsibility and priority. This method
however goes a long way to be an example to them of getting up and
doing something. Anything! They all know if they need someone there
will be someone available for them.

It also helps them see us as just differenly experiences co-learners,
co-students. My mother was 66 when she joined the school because she
wanted to learn math. We also have a 76yr old gentleman who wants to
better his english skills this way instead of what our modern
generation likes to think of as 'traditional'. I don't count them in
the student body on the governement forms as I need only account for
those who are between 6-16.

Gayle

--- william van horn <wmvh1@excite.com> wrote:
> Having a school open year round sounds great. It certainly makes the
> learning experience a more natural one for the kids.
>
> But what about the staff? Do they also get 66 days off a year?
>
> Back to a previous question of mine..... I am not affliated in any
> manner
> with a Sudbury School and have never visited one. But I am intensely
> interested in the model and the philosophy behind it. I am curious
> about
> how a day goes, what does the staff do when a student is not wanting
> their
> attention, does staff ever initiate an action?
> William
>
>
> On Sat, 8 Sep 2001 20:20:47 -0400 (EDT),
> discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org
> wrote:
>
> > Also, because we have 3 extra furnished guest bedrooms some kids
> come
> > and stay over. They might not come on a Monday but they'd come on
> > Tuesday and stay over night for 1-2 nights and then come back the
> next
> > day allowing them the evenings to continue their activities. They
> > avoid "interupted learning" that way.
> >
> > Gayle
> >
> > --- Gayle Remisch <tegdib@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > We do year round. The ministry of Ed in Ontario requires 194
> > > teachable
> > > days. Our kids get 260 - which leaves them 66 days to take
> holidays
> > > or
> > > days off whenever they want to. Most of them do end up taking
> them
> > > in
> > > August, but because of the flexiblity they don't find it
> disruptive
> > > to
> > > their learning. Things are pretty much the same when they come
> back.
> > >
> > > New Students can start anytime.
> > >
> > > We also have Voluntary Attendance. That's one difference I've
> found
> > > between us and some sudbury schools. We wanted to have them
> > > attending
> > > because they wanted to be here. With Voluntary Attendance and
> Year
> > > round calendar, we end up with students actually attending many
> more
> > > days than they are required to by the Ministry.
> > >
> > > Gayle
> > >
> > > --- Malc <dow@first-ask.de> wrote:
> > > > Susan Starling>
> > > > it would make sense to have
> > > > >"school" all year. However, I think many families like the
> idea of
> > > > having
> > > > >time "off," even if what there taking off from is altogether
> a
> > > good
> > > > thing
> > > > >and an integral part of life, and just being able to live a
> little
> > > > >differently for a while, maybe take a trip or just hang out
> at
> > > home
> > > > with
> > > > >their children.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Why not 'school' all year - with of course the choice for
> pupils
> > > and
> > > > parents to go away when they choose and for how they choose.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > >Unfortunatley
> > > > >we don't have one here in Berlin (yet),
> > > >
> > > > Pity about that... I need one too!
> > > >
> > > > Malc Dow
> > > > Berlin
> > > >
> > > >
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