Program and Curriculum

Thoughts On Small Class Sizes

At Chicago Friends School, we have very small class sizes. When people talk about small classes, the ability to customize instruction and provide individual students with teacher attention come up a lot. Those are important—part of the reason I wanted to teach here was that I wanted to be in a place where I would…

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Kindergarten/First Grade Classroom

How can we encourage kids to think critically from an early age? Through an activity that every child is already an expert at – asking questions! The trick is to go beyond simple “what” questions and start asking more complex “how” and “why” questions. I decided to use the book One Plastic Bag to help…

Stepping up to More Responsibility

Adolescence is a wonderful time of development.  Kids have new skills and abilities, and also are itching for more freedom and responsibility.  They want to do it all, but they still need guidance and support.   As our middle school students grow, we look for opportunities for our middle school students to take leadership in the…