I couldn't resist creating a podcast around my extraordinary visit this past week to my daughter's elementary school in rural New Hampshire. The Sullivan School has only 42 students in grades 1-5, and staff know each student real well. I just attended an Awards ceremony held on the last day of school in which every child received an award. Each teacher told a little story about each child and gave an award that was personalized based on the child's strengths or special characteristics.
I interviewed 3rd grade teacher, Molly Linn, who allowed me to record our brief telephone conversation a couple of days ago. We talked about the individualized nature of the awards and also about Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence models, and even about Roger Barker's work on the advantage of small schools vs. big schools.
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