Sage Reflections

Field Notes of an Adolescent Anthropologist

This blog is being set up as a space for reflections at the intersection of the art & science of teaching and parenting adolescents. It is designed to be a reflective space- where we consider what we see in the classroom, in the news, and in our daily interactions with students on their adolescent journey. It will be written and curated by the founders of The Sage School, with other guest voices chiming in. It is designed to help all of us ask the vital questions of how we can, together, develop and raise healthy adults- educated, involved, engaged, and aware individuals ready to face their future- as well as to reflect on the challenges we have along the way. We will be submitting short(ish) reflections on a weekly basis. They are designed to be shared individually or as a package. The writings, like the spirit of The Sage School itself, are designed to be a thoughtful and reflective consideration of the journey, while also acknowledging that we should remain playful on the path itself.

“The adolescent is reaching for autonomy, and reaching isn’t a completed action.”
Robert Sylwester

“The teenage brain is still changing so much, we have to think about what kinds of experiences we want that growing brain to have.”
Barbara Strauch

“The way we teach depends on the way we think people know”
Parker Palmer

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Gaining Voice

When I was a kid, growing up in the traditional education system, I simply didn’t have a voice. I didn’t speak up in class. I was rarely asked my opinion. I did have a few teachers- one in 3rd- 5th grade who helped construct that sense of worth I needed...READ MORE