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Fourth Graders Learn About Asylum Seekers

In the fall, as part of the exploration of communities and cultures around the world, the Fourth Graders began learning about people seeking political asylum. This unit of study provides our children with some insight into regimes and governments around the world. One of its goals is to create empathy for and an understanding of people who live very different lives than they do, as well as illuminate some of the complexities of emigrating under …

February 2, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: Project Based Learning, Thinking Routines|

Perspectives on Globalization: A Fourth Grade Election Project Update

As part of the school-wide Election Project, Fourth Graders are exploring one of the most challenging issues of our day, globalization. The topic was selected because it interconnects with the students’ year-long study of world geography and culture. Fourth Grade students have had the opportunity to engage with experts in the field who are highlighting different lenses through which the students can think about globalization. JPDS-NC parent Ilissa Shefferman, an International Trade Policy Analyst for …

Exploring Public Land Use: A Third Grade Election Project Update

Third Graders are focusing on public lands as an important issue for the upcoming election. Their study includes defining what public lands are, exploring how they should be used, and determining whose role it is to take care of them. The topic of public land use dovetails with the Third Grade curriculum which includes learning about land forms in the different regions of the United States and in the individual state that each student is …

Starting the New Year Like an Aleph – Cultivating a Growth Mindset in 5777

I have been spending time visiting classrooms, getting to know the students, and telling them a story about why Aleph is the first letter of the aleph-bet: the print Aleph (א) is the only letter that is “open” on all sides, with many access points. After the story, we talk about being open to new beginnings and I ask them to create a small card showing something they are “open to” this year. I’ve heard …

October 5, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning, Thinking Routines|

Literacy for the 21st Century Student: Foundational Computer Languages and Programming in Middle School Curriculum

Computer literacy is becoming an expectation and a necessity, a critical skill for engaging with and contributing to the world in the 21st Century. In our middle school, all students will become more familiar and experienced with the foundations of computer programming through required and elective courses. Our courses in computer languages and programming will be designed to not only bolster the passions of students with an interest in this field, but to ignite the curiosity …

September 27, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Math, Middle School Initiative, Science|Tags: Computer Science, Thinking Routines|

Lifelong Learning at JPDS-NC

Every August, I find myself counting the days until the start of the academic year when the building fills with the sound of children’s greetings, laughter, and excitement, and the school begins to hum with the energy and whirring minds of the teachers. As in years past, we began preparing for your children not by setting up classrooms, planning lessons, or structuring class routines, although these are all important components of a successful school year. …

September 1, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning, Design Thinking, Thinking Routines|

In Case You Missed It: Habits of the (Sixth Grade) Mind

Earlier this month, NPR highlighted a segment about a new book about cultivating a growth mindset in children, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children. On this same theme, last year Sixth Grade teacher Lisa Schopf invited her students to think about the habits of mind they have gained at JPDS-NC, and challenged them to write self-reflective pieces exploring their own mental habits and how they can improve them. In case you missed it, please enjoy the article …

July 28, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Thinking Routines|

Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might overhear a Pre-Kindergartner explaining to a peer her plan to cut the fabric she found into the perfect bimah (platform) for the …

Habits of Mind for Now and Later: Founding Middle School Director Published in ASCD Express

Founding Middle School Director and current Sixth Grade teacher Lisa Schopf recently authored an article that was published in ASCD Express, an educational leadership publication that features academic articles highlighting innovative solutions and best practices among professional educators. In her article, “Habits of Mind for Now and Later,” Lisa discusses how she introduced her Sixth Grade students to the sixteen “Habits of Mind” identified by noted educators Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick as essential characteristics we should cultivate in …

March 29, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Thinking Routines|

Habits of the (Sixth Grade) Mind

We all have goals and aspirations for our children. As we send them through school, we hope we are giving them the necessary opportunities and tools to shape themselves and shape the world. Teachers and parents have lists of attributes that they hope they can cultivate in their children to help support their growth as learners and agents of change. Most likely, these lists do not include specific content objectives like knowing all the steps …

February 2, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Thinking Routines|