Category Archives: Values Wonder

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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Before the Colonists

One of the key concepts for seventh grade history is to help students realize that the Americas were full of people before the colonists arrived. My own image from childhood– a handful of Native Americans eating dinner with pilgrims– is simply … 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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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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Making x 2: Trees More Important and for Maker Faire

Our sixth graders have been particularly busy this week, making final preparations for the Maker Faire coming up this weekend, on Saturday, November 14. In their science class, with their teacher, Emma Sears, students have been wrestling with the question of … Continue reading

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Of the World, Around the World and Out of this World

Last week middle school covered the world and beyond. Seventh graders study water this year with middle school teacher, Emma Sears. Water is a a very earthly topic, but some of its life is hard to see. High school science … Continue reading

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Tensegrity in the MSLC: Buckminster would Be Proud

Last week, Wayne Toepp and his middle school Installation Art class arrived in the Learning Commons with a bunch of cardboard squares and triangles, some lights and hot glue guns. Over the next hour and a half, a new structure … Continue reading

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