Middle School Archive

April 09, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful spring vacation and are enjoying the warm weather.  Thank you so much for the wonderful breakfast this morning – the time and effort you put into preparing the event is so appreciated. I know several of you attended the DPA meeting yesterday... » read more
March 24, 2014

The Other "B" Word

Blog 032014    Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your week.  I had a wonderful trip to Washington D.C. with Mr. Carter and sixteen eighth grade students.  The trip was filled with memory-making experiences, including visiting the White House, a scavenger hunt... » read more
March 11, 2014

Social and Emotional Learning in Middle School

Hello Everyone, We have only a few more days before Winterim and then spring vacation – where has the year gone? Today at our breakout session, I shared some information on the various ways we incorporate social and emotional learning into the curriculum and culture of the Middle School.... » read more
March 07, 2014

Deeper Learning

Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a wonderful week – I can’t believe we have only a week left before our Winterim trips.  I have one final set of notes from the Learning and the Brain conference to share with you.  These are from a breakout session with Jal Mehta on Deeper Learning... » read more
March 02, 2014

Dr. Yong Zhao

Good afternoon!  I hope you got the recent notice about Yong Zhao coming to campus on March 31.  It will be a wonderful evening, and I hope you can join us.  I had the chance to hear Zhao speak at the Learning and the Brain conference in November.  As you know, I’ve been sharing... » read more
February 22, 2014

The Brain Science of Self-Directed Learning

Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a restful and fun weekend!  Here is the latest installment of notes from the Learning and the Brain Conference.  Judy Willis is a board-certified neurologist with several years of experience in middle schools.  She presents around the world... » read more
February 04, 2014

The Power of Exercise

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the “snow day” yesterday and are enjoying the snowy day today!  I am still working through my pages of notes from the Learning and the Brain conference in November!  This week’s talk was titled “Go Wild: Promoting Play, Nature, and Exercise in our... » read more
January 28, 2014

More Learning and the Brain

Hello everyone, It is a beautiful winter day!  We are right in the midst of our Winter Carnival activities.  Today’s competition involved a blindfolded taste test, where student (in their teams) tasted different types of candy and had to identify what it was.  Everyone is having... » read more
January 21, 2014

Getting Out Into Nature

Happy Tuesday!  We are enjoying this sunny, yet windy, day here at school.  It seems an appropriate time to share with you my notes from a talk I heard by Richard Louv.  He is the author of the book Last Child in the Woods, and he speaks passionately about the importance of our... » read more
January 17, 2014

The Flipped Classroom

Hello everyone! Well, we’ve made it through the two dinner dances, and the kids had a blast (as did the faculty chaperones!).  It is such fun to see the students get dressed up and have a good time with their friends. I wanted to continue to share my notes from the Learning and the... » read more
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