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Google to roll out new Search Console features in coming weeks

Google announced today that it will be making the new Google Search Console available to everyone in the coming weeks. Specifically, verified users in Google Search Console will be able to access the new Search Performance, Index Coverage, AMP status and Job posting reports.

Google said the new Search Console reports provide “more transparency into Google’s indexing, stateful two-way communications between Google and website owners to help resolve issues faster, and a responsive user-interface.”

 

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Why Blue Ridge Wilderness Therapy

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness utilizes a therapeutic wilderness model: primitive living, ceremony, metaphor, and affinity for the beauty and spirituality of nature. This model lends itself well to natural and logical consequences rather than contrived, verbal, didactic therapy models. Adolescents in our program are removed from their comfort zone and immersed in a new culture, where therapists and field staff provide a small universe of lessons mirroring the larger universe in which they live.

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When the Rubber Hits the Road

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Tuesday night, February 3rd, we had our first information meeting. In a nutshell, we have enough interest to open the school this year.The search for a location has intensified. Several options have been considered and rejected. At the moment, we are focusing our efforts on finding a location that will be our very own, where we can move in with ALL our resources and have enough room to spread out projects and activities. We are also looking for green space and playscapes. Tall order? Maybe, but just the right space is out there, ready and waiting for Makarios Community School.

 

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Finding Identity in the Wilderness

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I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.

 

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Finding Identity in the Wilderness

Tim

I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.

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What Do You Want To Learn?

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My name is Jannica Morton and I am on the leadership team at Makarios Community School. Wherever we are, my family is continuously chatting about the school. Some days we dream and talk about the possibilities while other days we wonder what it will really be like and if it’ll be successful. Some days I think we are all a bit crazy while other days I know we are...and not just a little bit! To me, being a crazy, out-of-the-box thinker is a good thing and I look forward to sharing my passion of learning and exploring with others through this school.

 

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Parent Workshop – January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA

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At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

Our next parent workshop is January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA. These workshops are designed to be small to individualize the focus on your specific families.

  • Learn more about your child’s experience.
  • Understand and practice the tools they are using.
  • Learn how to identify the needs beneath the behavior and make a plan for your family.
  • Get support from and connect with other families.

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Make the Right Choice the Easy Choice

In theory, self-directed learning should be very natural and very easy. As a lifelong unschooler, I shouldn’t even have to think about it. After all, you will always be educating yourself, whether you try to or not and whether you like it or not. But the unavoidable instinct to follow curiosity is only fifty percent of it; it’s too easy to ignore your instincts.

 

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It’s for the kids!

One of our founding principles is that the students must desire to be a part of the Makarios community. Without their personal buy-in, the educational model fails. The key is to help the students discover their passion. In an earlier blog this year, I shared how I had come full circle in trusting the instincts of my own children’s innate curiosity to live a lifestyle of learning. Makarios mentors model a lifestyle of learning everyday through short lectures and experiments that peak the interest of students from 5 to 15 (our oldest student this year). Mentors meet monthly to discuss what we are learning and sharing as well as what we have observed in our students over the previous weeks. We plan and strategize about how to engage students that have yet to discover a topic or subject that they become so engrossed in that it’s difficult to put it down at the end of the day. 

 

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GivingTuesday - it's for the kids!

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At a recent business networking event I was asked; “So, who is your customer...the parents, or the students?” Without a moment’s hesitation, I said: the students. Of course, the parents are the ones that pay tuition and need the reassurance that their child will learn in a self-directed, interest-led school, but it’s the kids that are the true customer. They are the why of what Makarios Community School is. Without the curiosity, excitement, and interest of the students, Makarios would cease to exist.

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