Category Archives: Collaboration

When Roman Letters Meet Chinese “Characters”

By Bei Zhang and Jean Marí Hernández López The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) hosts an Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. This international event brings together more than 7,000 language educators from all languages, levels, … Continue reading

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Computer Science in Lower School

By Colby Van Alen Getting coffee one day I ran into a Westtown graduate and she asked what I’ve been doing since school let out. Computer science work at school was my response. “What, really? In First Grade? That is … Continue reading

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Realizing our Vision: Educating to our Mission

Westtown School graduated its first cohort of students who successfully completed our Deep Dive Certificate Program.  Starting six years ago I clerked two different committees over four years and worked with a number of other wonderfully creative and committed teachers … Continue reading

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Elementary Digital Magic

What happens when you invite film maker Rich Hoffman to help Primary Circle and First Grade students make stop animation films? You get a kind of magic tailor-made for our youngest learners for whom the world is a wondrous place for … Continue reading

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When a Debate Is an Opportunity for Improving Collegiality

Recently, the Lower School faculty devoted a faculty meeting to debating whether or not teaching cursive was worth the time it takes in the program. Teachers were divided into four teams and sent out to research the role and place … Continue reading

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PROBLEM-SOLVING, ADVOCACY, PERSISTENCE, AND CONNECTIONS: A STORY FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL

By Nancy van Arkel While working on a project for 6th grade history, a student was frustrated that the Explain Everything app wouldn’t let him re-arrange his slides the way he wanted them. Instead of giving up, he found the … Continue reading

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