Education Series

Purposeful Pedagogy

Pedagogy isn't a static thing. It evolves as our community grows and as the world around us changes. We continually evaluate and expand our teaching practices to give every student the best experience possible. Glimpse into the purpose behind our practice with the Severn Education Series.

List of 11 news stories.

  • The Crisis of Comparison Culture

    by Upper School counselor Samantha Straub, LGPC
    Striving for perfection is a risky and fruitless pursuit for teens — “perfect” will always be out of reach. Generally, adolescents develop perfectionist tendencies when they feel insecure and seek to deflect that insecurity by presenting to others as flawless. There is little debate that this push and pull can take a considerable emotional toll on any individual. As students emphasize surface achievements such as high grades or college admissions and increasingly compare themselves to others, both perfectionism and anxiety are on the rise.
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  • A Middle School Transition by Design

    written by Dan Keller, Middle School Head & Middle School Teachers Carrie Ball, Lisa Clarke, Mary Foard, and Shaina Longway
    Imagine what it is like to be an 11-year-old student, fresh from elementary school, joining a campus of 6th-12th graders. This transition is a time of accelerated cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth. How can a young person successfully manage those changes as they develop their identity?
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    Our Responsibility to Meet the Needs of Every Student

    written by Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist Mr. Robert Laffey
    Learning resource teachers are committed to making sure every student succeeds regardless of how they learn or what obstacles they face. We are advocates for our students, placing their needs at the center of every decision we make, every lesson we plan and every assignment we give. As pedagogy evolves and diagnoses of anxiety and attention-related health issues increase, teachers must continually ask themselves, “Is this what is best for my students?” Or, more importantly, “Is this what is best for all of my students?”
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  • Learner-First Assessment

    Severn Education Series written by Dan Keller, Head of Middle School
    There is an interesting dichotomy in modern schooling: do we assess to evaluate student learning at the end of instruction (summative)? Or do we assess to inform students and teachers throughout the process of teaching and learning (formative)? Both sides of the educational divide have strong reasons why one form of evaluation should be employed more than the other. But how can we best serve middle school students?
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    Design Thinking and Human-Centered Innovation

    written by Kelly Wilson, Director of Studies
    “Design Thinking” is one of the latest buzzwords in education and business today, but what is it and why the hype? The term was coined as early as the 1960s but has recently been popularized by the Kelley Brothers and Tim Brown’s design firm, IDEO. Their firm focuses on creating change through design to make a positive global impact. This spawned the Stanford design thinking process and courses for educators and students.
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    The Value of "I Played" and the Importance of Early Childhood Education

    written by Lower School Head Cathy North and Director of Instructional Programs Sherri Hoyt
    As parents pick up their preschool or prekindergarten children from school, they often ask the question, “What did you do today?” The most beautiful answer a child may give is, “I played!” Although this response may sound simple, it represents an entire spectrum of skill development. During the early childhood years, defined as birth to age eight by the NAEYC, a child’s brain develops faster than any other point in their lives. They develop cognitive skills, foundational social skills, a sense of self-esteem, awareness of the world and an early moral framework.
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    Best Practices for a Middle School Education

    written by Middle School Head Dan Keller
    The Middle School experience is the bridge between Lower and Upper School student success—an intense three years to foster young adolescents’ intellectual, physical, social and emotional well-being. As a result, Middle School educators need to navigate a complex terrain to support students from their Lower School years as well as prepare them for the rigors of Upper School.
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    Transitioning to High School: Do!

    written by Upper School Head Ms. Bea Fuller
    How can I get the most out of school? How can I grow as a student and as a person? How and what can I contribute to make my school a true community? What are the most intriguing things going on my community? What are the problems facing my school, my community, my country, the world? What are the problems I am most interested in solving? How can I help?
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    Find the Right College by Knowing Your Story

    written by College Counseling Co-Directors David Brunk and Matt Kaberline
    Choosing a college is often the first major life decision a high school student makes. The successful college search is predicated upon finding the right fit. Students leave high school brimming with knowledge about the physical world, history, languages, and mathematics; purportedly, these are the building blocks for future academic and professional success. Yet how many students graduate with a sense of who they are at their core? Without a strong sense of self, correctly identifying that fit is a nearly impossible task. Finding the right college, then, often begins with a long, hard look in the mirror.
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    Known and Valued

    written by Middle School Head Dan Keller
    Having spent my full professional life working with early adolescents as a teacher, coach, and administrator, I often consider this question. In my view, what separates a great middle school from a good one is a palpable culture, a place where students feel connected, where their teachers care about them personally. Such a school tone is tough to measure, but it is the “family-feel” in a middle school that parents should want above all else.
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    The Maker Mindset

    written by Lower School Head Cathy North
    Children have always reveled in tinkering… taking things apart, putting things together, and exploring small and large toys, objects, and earth’s surroundings. This combination of play, joy, and discovery cultivates imagination and creativity. Tinkering is a big part of the Maker Movement. The Maker what? What is this and why is it important to children’s lives, education, and overall being?
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Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146