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The Power of Questions: Students Work with Podcast Producer and Delve into Jewish Sources in the Scholars Forum

In MILTON’s Scholars Forum, guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students – and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. Just as the sixth graders learned about various aspects of documentary filmmaking, they have also been studying Jewish sources at each stage of the project. Nahanni Rous, a MILTON parent and a podcaster, led a lesson on the art of the interview. The conversation included tips for …

MILTON Teacher Wins Jane Goodall “Roots & Shoots” Mini-Grant

Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Davis recently won a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. The grant money will go toward materials to build a migratory butterfly garden at the South Campus. The students will learn about the native butterflies of Rock Creek, including the endangered monarch butterfly, then design, construct, and plant a garden to feed monarchs and other local butterflies. Roots & Shoots provides mini-grants to educators around the U.S. to help …

November 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Environmental Education, Project Based Learning, STEM|

MILTON Students Commemorate Veterans Day

This year, MILTON is commemorating Veterans Day in a special way. Every grade created a video highlighting a special project or performance the students did to honor the holiday. Watch our students pay tribute to the beloved MILTON Veterans Day tradition and honor the service of our veterans through song, tikkun olam, performing arts, and more. Click on the photos below to watch each video: Sixth grade students visited the National Museum of American Jewish Military …

Making Math Real

This fall, all MILTON General Studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The intensive 6-hours of learning were led by Jeff Heyck-Williams, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School. The math instruction training focused on having students explore complex mathematical concepts and identify multiple methods for solving problems through problem-based tasks. Guiding Students toward Expert Thinking in Math Our teachers are already applying knowledge from this training …

October 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Math|Tags: Adult Learning, STEM, Thinking Routines|

Educating for Responsibility

On October 4 – a few days before Yom Kippur – I presented the first in a series of lectures for MILTON’s middle school Scholars Forum on Jonah and his aborted escape from responsibility. I don’t often get to teach middle schoolers in my work, and I was particularly excited that morning because, as a consultant to the middle school, I had spent many hours in discussion with its director Lisa Schopf last year, thinking …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

Students Reflect on Leadership with a Jewish Lens

Dr. Erica Brown – author, educator, and the Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at the George Washington University – was the guest lecturer at MILTON’s Scholars Forum recently. Erica led a discussion with the sixth graders about the themes of responsibility, accountability, and leadership by examining the story of Yonah. These are some of the themes the students are also exploring in their documentary about MILTON and our school’s 30-year …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

New York Times Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer Receives His Own Biography Written and Illustrated by MILTON Third Graders

Brad Meltzer – the #1 New York Times bestselling author and TV host – came to our school last year to speak with third graders about his biography series, a genre the students had been studying. The children were inspired by his stories about the early lives and challenges faced by the real American heroes that are his biographical subjects. They heard about Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Goodall, and Jim Henson, among others. They …

Fifth Graders Discuss and Learn about Confederate Memorial

Near the New North Campus, on the edge of an old graveyard, stands a memorial to Confederate soldiers. After noticing the stone obelisk at the start of school, the fifth grade Stars & Stripes class wanted to learn more. During the first week of school, we used a Thinking Routines exercise called “See, Think, Wonder.” Students looked closely at the memorial and noted what they observed, what they thought about it, and what it made them wonder. …

September 20, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: Thinking Routines, Washington D.C.|

Consistency in Class Placement: Forming Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes that Support our Mission and Improve Results

At MILTON, we foster joyful and dynamic classroom communities through intentionally-created learning environments. Our approach reflects our vision of each child as a whole and unique individual and our commitment to a culture of inclusivity. We consider a variety of criteria – including social dynamics, gender balance, relationships among students, and best fit between the students’ learning styles and the faculty members’ teaching styles – when determining the placement of students in classrooms. Our experiences …

September 14, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Hebrew, Judaic Studies|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

Read-a-thon to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

An important middah (moral virtue) is achrayut (responsibility). As teachers and as parents, we spend much of our time working to instill in our children a sense of responsibility for themselves, their behavior, and their work. But we also look for opportunities to teach our children that our responsibility does not end with ourselves – that, in a sense, we are all responsible for one another and for the planet in which we live. The tragedy …

September 6, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts, Student Life|Tags: Tikkun Olam|