Dozens of TPS families celebrated the Cosmos at the Schuylkill Center's star-themed festival on Saturday, December 13. Crafts included making star ornaments with Head of School Justine Hoffman and preschool teacher Maureen Glaccum, taking a twilight walk, and checking out native animals at a live animal show. There was a bonfire and s’mores under the stars, and art teacher Rick Jacobsen supervised a telescope for a closer look at the night sky. Middle school teacher Wendy Furry and TPS parent and astrophysicist Mordecai Mark Mac-Low led a walk about the history of the universe. The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts, concluded the evening with a talk about the wonders of a starry night.
TPSA, our parent association, has been working with teachers to develop opportunities for families to learn more about the topic of “mindsets,” the center of collaborative conversations among the faculty throughout this school year.
TPS educators have been identifying current practices in the school that help our children cultivate growth mindsets, and they have been exploring strategies and opportunities to further these efforts. This shared language has been helpful in articulating the aspects of teaching and learning at The Philadelphia School that are often most difficult to describe: How do our children develop resilience and a love of learning? How do they become willing to try difficult tasks? How do they learn to value mistakes and setbacks as essential to their growth and learning?
TPSA would like to invite parents to become part of the mindsets conversation.