Leaning sideways. Stretching upwards.  Climbing on to mom or dad’s lap. Inching up on the folding chair, squatting, and then attempting to perch on the back of the chair before being pulled down by a parent.  This is what I was watching several of our first grade students do on Saturday night at the Roycemore Upper School performance of The Little Mermaid. These three students had seats in the back of...
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Fred and Freddie

There are many ways to say I love you. There are many ways to say I care about you. Many ways, many ways, Many ways to say I love you. -Fred Rogers Lyrics to “There are many ways to say I love you” When I get older I will be there at your side to remind you How I still love you, I still love you…love of my life -Freddie...
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How can we keep from going numb?

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed Friday night to see that just four hours earlier there was “breaking news” of a shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida. This is a town I know. I moved to Chicago from St. Petersburg, Florida, just over a year ago. Even though Tallahassee was a seven-hour drive away from St. Petersburg, we made the drive several times during the years I...
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What is “Differentiation” at Roycemore?

One of the hallmarks of Roycemore is our ability to differentiate for our students.  Our commitment to differentiation is to foster an environment where students are engaged with their learning.  We know when they are more engaged, their learning and understanding of subject matter is not only deeper, it is longer lasting.  There is nothing worse than for a student to be under-challenged—it can foster boredom and (potentially) behavior problems.  Conversely,...
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Share the Love- Change the World Help the School You Love through Referrals and Reviews

I pinch myself sometimes.  The beauty of what I witness happening on a daily basis at Roycemore is so striking.  Sometimes it washes over me in such a powerful way, I get emotional because each day, in our little school, I witness such beautiful interactions between teachers and students and student to student, it overwhelms me. I wish such experiences for all young people.  While our school is small, there...
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What can we learn from “Elanor” Roosevelt?

On the credenza in my office is a small chalkboard easel with the quote, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  The quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life.  The full quote is: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to...
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