Category Archives: Learning is self-correcting

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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Are We Running Out of Juice?

Early in the faculty meetings planning for this year, Jake Lahey, our 7-8 history teacher, wondered if we might create¬†an interdisciplinary study that asked students to consider the history and processes that humans use to get energy from the earth. … Continue reading

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Lego Missions

Who doesn’t love a robot? Even with robots in our daily lives, it is still a fantasy to think of what else could be engineered to help us. Our sixth graders work each spring, to imagine robots. They also spend … 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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Music for Every Student

  We use the letters MSLC to represent our middle school learning commons, and our middle school learning community. It was all about the community in our first ever, middle school concert. This fall, we undertook an ambitious program. Every … Continue reading

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Is Water the New Oil?

Before I took the water course I thought that water was a thing we would have forever. Now…I know that we should be careful of how we use clean water and we should not just throw it about. I also … Continue reading

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Learning to Felt

The middle school art class was without its usual and very competent teacher this morning. I jumped in to fill the gap. More or less. Truthfully, mostly less…I don’t know how to felt. Lucky for me, the students have learned … Continue reading

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