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Kids Being Awesome

One thing I heard over and over when we began remote learning—first for a few days here and there in the fall, and then in December—was parents expressing amazement at how much more responsible and independent their children were during remote learning this year. It’s strange that we have this point of comparison. Whoever would…

Queries after an American Insurrection

I spent the first period of this day with our middle school students and teachers, talking through yesterday’s deeply unsettling events at the US Capitol.  At noon, I sat with Renata and a group of 2nd – 4th-grade students who wished to discuss it.   Both sessions started with student questions.  A younger student asked why President Trump doesn’t understand…

Science

One of the most compelling pedagogical concepts I’ve ever come across is very simple: Don’t teach a vocabulary word until students already know the concept it describes. Let the experience you create be not, “Okay, there’s this word, and apparently it means X,” but, “Oh! That’s the word for that!” During the fall term, In science class,…