Pam is the STEM Principal Teacher for 21st Century STEM Academy, a new private K-8 school in Atlanta. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Duke University.She has taught at schools in Durham, NC; Shanghai, China; and Atlanta, GA. Her favorite subject to teach is math – which ironically stems from the fact that math used to be her biggest academic fear! Conquering mathematics is what Pam believes gave her the skills to leverage for many significant opportunities. These experiences include computer coding in healthcare technology, novel research in public health (leading to her first journal publication, cited in a policy draft for the Ministry of Health in India), design and implementation of leadership workshops, and completion of three engineering internships with NASA (she is a space geek!). Recognizing the powerful role of math as a gatekeeper in society, Pam makes dispelling math anxiety a top priority in her teaching endeavors. In addition to improving math literacy, Pam is passionate about shifting the status quo on issues of social justice and healthy living. One of her projects promotes daily yoga practice (social media: @pamliuyoga). When she needs a jolt of fresh perspective, Pam likes to travel to new places and marvel at connections that support the six degrees of separation theory.
ArtsBridge Field Trips at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre expose students to performances by The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Kennesaw State University College of the Arts and Global Stages, our international and cultural performing arts experience. ArtsBridge produces the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shulers, celebrating excellence in high school musical theatre and Master Classes, giving students the opportunity to train with professionals. We also provide Educational Experiences including behind-the-scenes technical theatre tours, professional development workshops for teachers, artists-in-schools and production/performance opportunities for students. New this year, the ArtsBridge Family Series! These one hour performances provide the opportunity to introduce young audiences and families to the performing arts!
Homeschooling High School. This is a time when many parents being on the whole homeschooling thing. Why? They find it too intimidating. Too hard. They feel like they aren’t smart enough, or want their kids to have a REAL diploma.
Iknow. I always said by the time high school came around I’d be singing the kids up for online public school. But, then I realized something.
It’s not that hard to homeschool high school! Believe me, my friend Ann wrote all about it.
By the time you are homeschooling high school your kids will be pretty well independent learners. This means LESS supervision, and more responsibility on their shoulders. This is not a bad thing.
Homeschooling high school also offers amazing benefits to both parents and kids.
Reduced Peer Pressure
Listen, I hated high school. Yes, I liked my friends and prom. But, high school kind of stunk. You are pressured in so many different directions, and the lack of parental supervision often leads to trouble.
By homeschooling high school, your kids won’t experience as much peer pressure. Yes, it may still be there to an extent from homeschool group or even youth group, but the level will be a lot less
You can provide a higher quality program
Who knows your children better than you? No one! THismeans that if you are reaising a budding writer, you know to invest in a quality writing program. Have a child interested in veterinary medicine? Zoology and vet science is hwer eyou want to focus. Homeschooling allows you the opportunity to offer your high schooler resources that can strengthen the areas they hope to study in college. It also allows you to tailor their education to improve weaker areas while highlighint their strengths. There is not eaching to the middle. Students can push past their comfort zones in areas where the excel and spend extra time in areas where they struggle. There are no boundaries, and that is a great thing!
You are providing your high schooler with real life experiences
Let’s face it, high school is fake. When will a child ever again spend a whole day with kids their own age? NEVER. Homeschoolers are able to experience real life opportunities everyday. They have a flexible schedule and are able to regularly take learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Have a student who is interested in graphic design? They can shadow a successful graphic designer in the middle of the day on a school day! Have a student who is interested in auto body, photography, medicine? Same thing. The ability to career sample or even apprentice is HUGE at this age, and can allow your high schooler to truly experience what life would be like on that career path. This is a real life experience that many high schools can’t offer.
More Time for Special Talents
Homeschoolers are tearing up spelling and geography bees, music and robotics competitions and more. Why? They often have more time to pursue these special talents than their public school counterparts. No homework means more time to focus on their interest. No set schedule means they can practice an instrument for hours instead of minutes due to moving on to the next class.
The last four years at home is a huge stepping stone for our teenagers academic and spirutal lives. The teen years are foten deemed challangeing and yes, that may somtiems be true, but what better time to spend training up your children than those formative years. You will have the ability to watch them rise above societiesy expectations and can help them mature in godliness and focus on their own unique gifts and talents.
These are just a few of the many reasons to homeschool high school!
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool, mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments of her blog Joy in the Journey.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), is an institution of higher learning that is recognized around the world for training the aviation and aerospace leaders of tomorrow. Our Dual Enrollment Program is designed for students interested in aviation/aerospace and/or STEM-related disciplines, and provides high school students with challenging academics while also preparing them for the rigor of college academics.
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