Category Archives: Learning is deep…

Not Exactly Scary, but Takes Courage

At PDS, we’ve had student-led conferences since 2004, when my predecessor, George Swain, introduced them to our middle school. We started with a pilot for just grade 8, but quickly included seventh graders. The sixth grade followed suit a few … Continue reading

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Essential Questions: Starting the First Week off Right

  In a school like PDS, where teachers are advisors, and where we spend so much time getting to know students well, it doesn’t take long to “get down  to work,” in the subject areas. In all classes, teachers and … Continue reading

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Eighth Ends the Year…and Middle School

By the end of each school year, the teachers and I can all glimpse the future high schoolers that the eighth graders will soon become. At this point in the year, they have registered for their high school courses, and … Continue reading

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Seventh Grade Deepens Learning at the End of the Year

While grade six works on research papers and presents Lego missions, grade seven is deep in the midst of grappling with proportional thinking, in  math, and literary analysis in English. Of all the concepts in middle school math, the leap to … Continue reading

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Preparing to Lead a Conference

I kinda like it. It’s nice to have some responsibility. It’s good to show my parents my perspective. Leading a conference sounds like an ambitious undertaking. The leader has the responsibility for making sure that all attendees learn and all … Continue reading

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Food Bowl 2016

Sixth grade students returned to school triumphant this week after completing the Food Bowl build. Continue reading

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Inventions are Living History

  A key to making learning interesting is to connect the content to the lives of students. This can be tricky in history, when everything one studies is in the past. Connections are burgeoning this year for seventh graders, as … Continue reading

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