At The Beech Hill School, we support one another by holding full, faculty meetings once a week. At that those meetings, we spend at least a half-hour sharing advice and information about how we work with our students. Even though our faculty hold advanced degrees and, collectively, have over one hundred years of experience working with middle schoolers, it is this time of sharing information that allows us to best support our students.
Fortunately, I have spent the last 20+ years of my life working with adolescents. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to learn a thing or two. As a parent, however, understanding how to deal with issues facing your adolescent can be tough. Before my first child was born, I read all the pre-requisite parenting books and was counseled by family and friends alike. So, while my son was teething, there was an abundance of information about how to manage that concern, and my wife and I confidently managed the event. A few months ago, that same son - who is now a sixth-grader - asked to be on Instagram. As a parent, I found that the answers about what to do in this situation were not so readily available.
Today, The Beech Hill School kicks off our blog, offering to the community a much-needed resource for those that are interested in all things “middle school.” We hope to share our expertise and insights with those that are trying to understand and support the adolescents in their lives. We may not tell you exactly when it is okay for your child to get an Instagram account, but we hope to provide a forum that can help guide you.
So, welcome to The Beech Hill Blog – please feel free to read, share, comment, and ask questions.
The Author of the Post:
Rick Johnson, The Head of School at The Beech Hill School, has worked for over 20 years in independent school education. In addition to his work at The Beech Hill School, Rick coaches youth sports and is active in the Concord, New Hampshire community.