Winning the achievement race

Running with The Triplets

 

Winning the Race to Success

We teach all of our students that success is rarely reached by a sprint, it’s more of a cross-country run. That’s why we introduce them to three supportive running companions: Pace, Perseverance, and Patience. 

By training with this important trio students learn how to set attainable goals, manage expectations, and achieve their dreams. 

Let’s face it, the beginning of every new endeavor is fun. When you start out on a project—any project—like returning to school or renovating the bathroom, it’s easy to confuse excitement for momentum.  It’s after you’ve been at it a while and the scenery doesn’t seem to be changing that it’s easy to lose motivation. That’s when it’s good to call on the Triplets for help.

Pace will happily remind you that you’ll get there as long as you don’t try to go too far too fast. Getting ahead and getting ahead of yourself are not the same things. Divide a long journey into smaller manageable lengths and before you know it there will be more work behind you than ahead of you and you’ll cross that finish line.

Accept that the road to success is a hilly, winding one. Perseverance steps up when you feel like you need to rest, or worse, you want to quit. Perseverance gets you around the obstacles in your path and helps you believe in the great things ahead even when you can’t see around the next corner.

Patience is the one who will offer a refreshing cup of self-confidence when you feel like you need to walk for a stretch to catch your breath, or because your shoe’s become untied. When the goal seems so far down the road—so far into the future—Patience will assure you that it will happen. So relax. It may take longer than you hoped—but you’ll get there.  

And you will. The Triplets and we can help

Science Fridays and Good Cooking

What’s new at YouthWork&Learn at Smokey House? Our schedule this year includes science activities in the morning, followed by lunch with home-made dishes using vegetables and herbs from our garden.

IMG_1517 For science, we started with a field study where the students compared and contrasted seeds from native Vermont plants.Our second focus was current electricity, including experiments with batteries, light bulbs, wire, and measurement, with emphasis on photovoltaic (PV) energy. IMG_1487Our life science strand provided students an opportunity to observe behaviors within a population of Tenebrio beetles (mealworms) during their four stage metamorphic cycle.  Students are monitoring these cycles and experimenting with the effects of light and darkness on the beetles. In the kitcheIMG_1715n this fall we’ve made:  pesto, caprese salad, pizza, hummos, tabbouleh, lentil-rice soup, tomato sauce, apple butter, cider, leek and potato soup, focaccia, frittatas, oven-roasted potatoes with scrambled eggs, pumpkin bread, apple crisp, chili, cornbread, and apple cake.  Yum!

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Field Studies Environmental Learning

VIDEO: Field Studies

A terrific group of two dozen 7th graders from The Dorset School are wrapping up their two-week field studies program. Tomorrow they’ll be delivering group presentations on various aspects of environmental sciences that they explored. While the weather and technology weren’t as cooperative during these past two weeks as we might have liked, the students, instructors, and invited guest speakers did a wonderful job taking education out of the books and into the field.

2012 Dorset School students in The Tutorial Center's Field Studies program

Field Studies

2012 Dorset School students in The Tutorial Center's Field Studies program

This week’s uncooperative weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of the two dozen Dorset School students participating in The Tutorial Center’s Field Studies program.

The two week program led by Jim Gunn and Jen Lalor, allows students to explore the natural world through hands-on lessons that culminate in individual portfolio presentations.