Have you ever created something beautiful, or performed an extraordinary feat...and no one noticed? Whether it’s playing a beautiful song on the piano, or painting a beautiful landscape, or making an amazing and improbable shot on the basketball court, it is a natural reaction to want to be noticed. And while that desire can become corrupt and turn into a toxic form of pride, the basic drive to create and to have others share our
One of the most familiar elements of classical education is training in rhetoric, the art of persuasive speaking or writing. At Wilson Hill this training culminates in Senior Thesis—as the last step toward graduation, a senior writes and defends a thesis on a particular topic of interest. Though this project may sound intimidating, our curriculum is designed to begin preparing students before they even reach the School of Rhetoric to not only succeed in Senior
Love them or hate them, grades are an important part of the learning experience. Although an imperfect measurement, grades provide valuable information about comprehension, mastery and areas that need improvement. But so often, a healthy desire for diligent learning becomes an unhealthy fixation on getting good grades. This can drive students to unhealthy levels of worry and a shift in how they understand the real purpose of education. Grade-focused learning becomes less about seeking to
Exam season is upon us, bringing with it much anticipation. Of course, the end of exams marks the beginning of summer, and it also represents a rewarding opportunity for students to see the fruit of their hard work. Yet we know that exam season can also bring undue stress and dread. Students may feel overwhelmed by assignments and the never-ending need to study. Given our culture’s emphasis on test grades as a measure of one’s
With the growing reliance on remote work and technological devices for everything from attending church services to ordering groceries, it’s always good to reassess how your family, especially your teens, engage with technology. While technology provides opportunities for creativity and connection, it also comes with potential dangers. Here are five ideas to help your teens develop tools and frameworks for deciding how they will engage in their increasingly digital world. 1. Make healthy technology habits a
With the arrival of Valentine’s Day comes renewed attention on the idea of love, specifically the idea of romantic love. But as many Christian writers, including St. Thomas Aquinas and C.S. Lewis, have pointed out over the centuries, love is more than heart-shaped candies, red roses and boxed chocolates.
When we started Wilson Hill Academy, one of our strongest desires was to provide science courses that are grounded in a biblical worldview and rigorous enough to prepare our students to excel in college-level science classes and beyond.
With the arrival of the holiday season and extended time to relax away from the books, winter break is an excellent time for students to shape their goals for the upcoming year. We all know how life (especially for students) can often feel like running on a hamster wheel. The days seem to blaze by as we jump from one commitment to another. While we may accomplish many important tasks, it’s not always easy to
With exam week soon approaching, many students will begin spending precious hours reviewing texts and notes, seeking to both understand the material and earn a good grade. But let’s face it: studying and writing can be daunting. Many students face innumerable distractions, the pressure to multitask and the inevitable (and sometimes frustrating) need to review materials over and over again. Productivity often feels elusive. If this describes how you feel when sitting down to
With its hours of planning, shopping, cleaning and cooking, the holiday season often feels demanding. During the Thanksgiving season, it’s easy to lose ourselves in an infinite to-do list and forget to reflect on what we’re thankful for, let alone communicate our gratitude to others. Actively (and verbally) expressing gratitude produces significant benefits, not only for our mental and our physical health, but also for our relationships with God and others. Sharing our thankfulness and