Who Do You Want To Be?

Every year at Acton Academy, we have an overarching question we try to relate to our session-long projects. This year’s question is: “Who do you want to be?” We started this off with our first quest, which was Building the Tribe and Building our Community. We had the Eagles draw avatars of themselves where they …

Specialize or Diversify?

Let me ask you a Socratic question like what we ask our Eagles, “What do you think is better: to learn a little bit about a lot of things or to learn a lot about one thing?” What do you think is more important or the better way to function between these two? I challenge …

Real Learning: Hands-on or Memorizing?

Research shows that you learn something when you do it. For instance, you will learn Math more by applying it to a project, such as building something. Often, memorizing facts is short term. 10 minutes before the test, many students cram as they memorize all the formulas for Math problems. But 10 minutes after the …

Setting Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year everybody! New Year’s Day is often marked with people setting goals for the New Year and coming up with ideas of who they want to be and how they want to be in the future. At Acton Academy, we like to help our Eagles focus on inner growth and outer growth. Every …

The Energy of the Holidays

The holidays are among us right now and I want to talk about children’s energy levels. You have probably noticed right now that they are to the roof and beyond! It seems between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, children are full of so much energy and it’s so hard for them to focus! In a …

Curriculum VS Learning Design

The word curriculum means “to drive in a circle in front of the Emperor” or “to do the Emperor’s bidding.” Either you would live or die because of it! At a traditional school, you have a curriculum that students have little input on. But here at Acton, instead, we have learning design. The Eagles, our …

Asking For Help

If you have been following my videos for a while, you know that here at Acton Academy, we try to enable our Eagles to find the answers to their questions. We do that in a Socratic method where we guide them to the answer they are searching for or the source where they can find …

Gratitude Quest

As the holiday season approaches, we are about to embark on a quest called Gratitude and Community service – a quest that is all about giving back to the community and doing random acts of kindness to people they may or may not know. We are so excited about this quest because the Eagles are …

Having Our Eagles Develop Their Core Values

This week, we are expressing core values to the Eagles. In life, it is important to understand that as an individual, we can live by a set of core values. These values are our go-to rules about life, and they determine how we show up and what we expect of ourselves. But aside from that, …

360 Peer Reviews and Accountability

You may have heard of 360 reviews, a performance evaluation tool used internally by many companies, including Google and Apple. This past week, we gave out 360 peer reviews to the Eagles where they had to rate each other on their tough-mindedness, which is how they hold themselves and others accountable, and also on their …

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