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Interdisciplinary Study of Ancient Greece Optimizes Learning

An astrophysicist leads our middle schoolers through an exploration of gemara, bringing forth his expertise on the phases of the moon to lend insight into the gemara that deals with identifying the new month. A filmmaker teaches the art of storytelling as he also sheds light on the craft of the investigative historian and the artistic elements of filmmaking. A conductor, historian, innovator, filmmaker, and Holocaust studies expert opens our sixth graders’ eyes to the …

Cultivating Global Competency, Design Thinking, and 21st Century Skills: Kindergartners Explore the Universal Languages of Childhood

This semester, Kindergarten students explored the theme of community through the lens of global competency. The students learned about the universal languages of childhood – fine arts, celebrations, and games/play – by learning about how children all around the world express these languages. Throughout the project, which was woven into all aspects of the curriculum, students honed their skills in research, writing, Design Thinking, math, science, and art. Our multidisciplinary project culminated in the creation …

Pre-Kindergartners Represent Identity and Emotions through Self-Portraiture

Our Pre-Kindergarten class began their year with the overarching theme of trying to understand our identity. Early on, a child said, “your identity is like yourself.” We decided to look at our identity through our feelings, because while our feelings don’t define us, they are an immeasurable part of us and we experience a multitude of them each day. Every day, we introduced children to new vocabulary – both linguistic and social-emotional – by defining …

February 1, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies|Tags: Multimedia, Visual Arts|

In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper Covers Sixth Grade Documentary Filming and Kindergarten Science Grant

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published three features about our school! The articles cover our sixth graders’ ongoing project to create a documentary film about the history of our school, as well as MILTON parent and podcast producer Nahanni Rous’ visit to Grade 6, and Kindergarten teacher Lisa Davis’ winning a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. Read the articles online here: “Behind the Scenes: Students Document MILTON History,” “Podcast Producer Shares the …

December 6, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Science, Social Studies|Tags: In the News|

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 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 …

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.|

Scholars Forum Launches!

The Scholar’s Forum program launched this week with a visit from two guest speakers, a study of Jewish texts in which students connected sacred writings to their own lives, and a warm and open discussion led by students who shared stories and memories about the indelible moments of friendship and learning they experienced together at our school. It was an inspiring and meaningful launch to this signature middle school program. Scholars Forum is a weekly …

Milton Teacher Selected for Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Milton teacher Vinny Prell was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants from across the United States to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website. Educators …

July 5, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Education, Social Studies|Tags: Adult Learning, Washington D.C.|