First Day Thoughts: How to Turn a Mistake into a “Beautiful Oops”


During this morning’s opening Middle School Convocation, I shared this reflection with our students. Everyone in this room is going to experience moments of success this year. You will learn new skills, compete on the playing field, perform on the stage, and adventure in the great outdoors. And, undoubtedly, you will also have moments where you struggle. We will all

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How Middle School Teachers Spent Their Summer Vacation


When the middle school faculty returned to school last week, we had a great time catching up with one another. Not surprisingly, “time off” for these teachers also included a great deal of professional “time on.” Here are a few highlights. Julie Frey (Grade 6 Science) presented at the North American Monarch Institute at the University of Minnesota, discussing how

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The Rise of Creativity

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In January, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its new The Future of Jobs report. In it, they surveyed leaders at top global firms about how the workplace is changing and what skills workers will need to be successful five years from now. This should sound very familiar to Trinity Valley parents because our middle school faculty conducted a similar research project

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Why Math Counts


This week, I’m delighted to share some thoughts from Mr. Satish Tiwari, our dedicated Mathcounts sponsor who has helped so many of our students pursue their passion for mathematics over the last nine years. Mathcounts Club allows interested students to dive into the world of competitive mathematics – and gain some valuable lessons in problem-solving, teamwork, and character. After school,

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The Opportunity Mindset: Spinning Anxiety Into Gold

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The day before my daughter started PreK this year, she announced that she was “so excited and so nervous.” These two emotions may seem contradictory, but in fact our bodies register excitement and anxiety the same way: with an increased heart rate and a surge of cortisol. It’s our minds that perceive these emotions differently. Anxiety fills our minds with

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The Case for Empathy: What Google Discovered about Effective Teamwork

The word Empathy in cut out magazine letters pinned to a cork notice board. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective

“All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten,” Robert Fulghum famously wrote. Someday, our students might look back and say, “All I really needed to know about effective teamwork, I learned in middle school.” The modern workplace is marked by creative collaboration.  In Silicon Valley, for example, “software engineers are encouraged to work together, in part because studies

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TVS Teachers in the News: “Insights from the World of Work”


This month’s Educational Leadership — the flagship magazine of ASCD — includes an article I wrote about Project 2025 and the remarkable action-research our teachers have been involved in during the last two years. The article begins: How do we prepare students for a world that doesn’t yet exist? For years, the middle school faculty at Trinity Valley School in

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