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K/1, A Well Oiled Machine

May 20, 2018

With less than a month left of school, I am…

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Creating Worlds

May 03, 2018

In my classroom, we are well and truly launched on…

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New Buddies

Apr 26, 2018

There are many benefits to our small class size and…

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2nd Grade Math: Minding the Store

Apr 20, 2018

The second grade math group culminated a unit on money…

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The Earth Moves (And we take note!)

Apr 16, 2018

3rd-5th grade science right now is focusing on the concept…

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Buddies Save the Day

Mar 11, 2018

In the second grade class, we recently started a writing…

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The Arts Converge at Chicago Friends School

Mar 08, 2018

Ten minutes before dismissal today, I was down in my…

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Learning As Action

Feb 15, 2018

Students in Middle School are learning about their connection to…

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The Tradition Continues – Reading with Families Together

Feb 12, 2018

Last week, two of the classes trekked it in the…

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One Solar System, Many kinds of Learning

Feb 08, 2018

This year, our whole school instructional theme is circles, and…

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Writing Stories

Feb 06, 2018

Every since we came back to school in January, my…

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Research

Feb 05, 2018

My second grade students have been recently introduced to the…

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Germs! We’re here, there, everywhere!

Jan 28, 2018

My K-1 class dove into learning about germs in the…

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Problem Solving

Jan 21, 2018

Our social-emotional curriculum, Second Step, teaches students about a series…

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Learning to Cooperate in the K-1 Classroom

Jan 15, 2018

The students were very excited to see each other this…

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Connecting in Silence

Jun 14, 2017

A long-held tradition among Quakers is silent meeting. During this…

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Treasure Boxes

Jun 11, 2017

Our final theme lesson of the year centered on what…

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Pebble, Rock, Boulder

May 29, 2017

Problems arise in any classroom and part of my job…

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Sensationalizing

May 23, 2017

Last week, my students learned a new vocabulary word: sensationalize.…

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Kevin Henkes Author Study

May 21, 2017

My class is wrapping up their author study about Kevin…

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Chicago Friends School Student Newsletter

May 08, 2017

My class is currently composing the second edition of the…

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Student-Driven Instruction

May 05, 2017

One great thing about working at a small independent school…

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Get Out! Taking Learning Outside

Apr 30, 2017

When it comes to learning, the content of what we…

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Small Group Instruction

Apr 30, 2017

There are so many reasons that small group instruction is…

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Poetry Month

Apr 26, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and all the classes are…

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Earth Day

Apr 21, 2017

Saturday is Earth Day. In connection with our Trash and…

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Angles and Lines

Apr 03, 2017

Last week and this, one group in my class is…

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The Dream Team

Apr 03, 2017

There are many reasons I am thankful that I work…

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The Beautiful Oops

Apr 02, 2017

On Thursday, Meghan and I read two books to our…

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Fair Does Not Necessarily Mean the Same

Mar 26, 2017

For the past few weeks, we have been talking about…

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Pen Pals

Mar 26, 2017

This week, my class finished and sent off our pen…

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Reflection

Mar 17, 2017

Every day before snack and lunch, all classes engage in…

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Point of View

Mar 12, 2017

The books my students are reading now in their book…

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The Power of a Deadline

Mar 04, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the students’…

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Reflecting on Integrity

Feb 17, 2017

Integrity is definitely the most difficult of the Quaker values…

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Taking Notes

Feb 13, 2017

One new skill my class has been focusing on recently…

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Show-and-Share — Something Brand New

Feb 12, 2017

Show-and-share is something the students eagerly look forward to every…

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Growth Mindset

Feb 10, 2017

A noncognitive skill I have been trying to promote among…

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Service Learning and Character Education at The Admiral

Feb 05, 2017

On Wednesday this past week, the K–2 group headed to…

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Strategic Planning with Kindergarten and First Grade

Feb 05, 2017

Following the strategic planning kick-off meeting at the Chicago Friends…

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Collaboration in the Hallway

Jan 30, 2017

One of the great pleasures of my job is when…

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Feelings Detectives

Jan 29, 2017

As my class wraps up our unit on empathy in…

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Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions)

Jan 27, 2017

This week, the K–2 classes gathered for a discussion on…

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Industrial Revolution Social Studies

Jan 21, 2017

On Friday, our class wrapped up our lessons on the…

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Honoring MLK’s Legacy in the K–1 classroom

Jan 13, 2017

This week my students studied the importance of Dr. Martin…

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“All About” Writing Unit

Jan 13, 2017

We came back to school refreshed and ready to start…

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Day of Service

Oct 16, 2016

On October 10, Chicago Friends School students participated in Chicago…

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Creating School Rules, as a Community

Sep 09, 2016

This week, we started the school year, by engaging students…

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