Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween is coming by…

“Halloween is coming by…” and Ooooo..Ahhh…Those are the sounds heard coming from the theater this afternoon.  It was our annual All School Halloween activity. Middle school students had the important and active job of off loading sixty pumpkins on Thursday morning, … Continue reading

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“Alone,” might not have happened without the crowd

For the past nineteen years, the Poughkeepsie Journal has run a scary story contest. For most of those years, Poughkeepsie Day School students have entered the contest– and usually won.This year, seventh grader, Nachman won first place for his story, … Continue reading

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Just so much fun!

An arresting moment on my way to science class: Karl’s advisory had lively music at an nice, respectful volume, and tons of laughter pouring out from behind closed, glass doors. They were dancing in a circle. Each student had a … Continue reading

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They come to the conference??!!

Parent-teacher conferences ignore the most important person in the learning– the student! That’s why we have family conferences at PDS. Students attend both the fall and spring conferences in middle school. In fall, advisors have assembled information from each teacher … Continue reading

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Daily Plans

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We made contact! GRA author tweets back!

Global Read Aloud started this week, as I wrote earlier. One of the biggest thrills of the program is the connection with students in other schools, and connection with the author. We made our first connection yesterday. The grade 7 English … Continue reading

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Deeper Learning: The concept described by students who experience it

This week, three studies were published showing that “deeper learning” schools have many benefits for their students. Among them are high academic motivation and engagement. The study, which was of schools in a specific “deeper learning” network, showed that teachers … Continue reading

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