Hard at Work/Play

We are deep into preparations for our performances. Those not rehearsing scenes at any given moment are: designing and building sets, deciding on and creating props, imagining, organizing, and tailoring costumes, and creating and editing the sound effects and music clips we’ll all be counting on.      Come see us — Thursday evening, March 16th […]

As the Year Turned

(Editor’s Note – With apologies for the woeful lack of photographs…) Math By Miles For several months Diane and Jeri’s class have been mixed up with Lynn and Mark’s class to have math groups. We have math groups so we can collaborate with the other 5th/6th class.  We have math groups every morning except Friday. […]

The View from the Break-out Room

Our story (read aloud) time in the break-out room this year has been a bit unusual so far. Rather than beginning the year with a novel — often a classic — the material was tied more specifically to our thematic study, and we read a significant number of biographies of naturalists. Typically, they were from […]

The Value of “Real Work”

I’ve long struggled with the expression, “real work,” when it’s used to suggest that certain realities (the abstract, theoretical, or idealized sphere of the classroom, laboratory, etc.) aren’t as meaningful, as authentic, or as rich as other situations. I find it to be too pat a distinction. What we experience in our day to day […]

In the News

It was a very busy and interesting October, and November is proving at least as exciting so far. Here are some updates, in the voices of those in the position to know best:   Book Club By Theo Book Club is an optional thing for 5/6 graders run by Amy, the library teacher. Amy chooses […]

Our First Four Weeks

Welcome to the first of our recurring series: The Insider’s View. Through these brief articles (written once a month or so), you will get a peek into the day to day life of the members of our group. You may get a sense of our individual personalities as well. Enjoy! Assembly by Julia Assembly this year […]

Conversation

So much attention is paid to reading and then to writing in the first years of school, that it is easy to overlook the importance that conversation — that first language-based connection we ever have with our children — continues to hold. In our fifth and sixth grade group, it is central to our work […]

The Power of Habit

So much of the building of any community — a classroom group, a family, a project at work, a relationship with neighbors — is about creating routines, rituals, habits. In my neighborhood, for example, when we moved in some 16 years ago, we were gently informed that arranging to have the mail stopped at the […]