Category Archives: Design Thinking

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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SXSWedu — A Great Place for Educators

By Oscar Sosa In March, I had the opportunity to attend the South by Southwest Education Conference and Festival (#SXSWedu) in Austin, TX. The SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals that … 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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Young Visions: Student Art

First semester visual art students’ work is on display. Hanging in the gallery are examples of what happens as students grow as artists. Each work represents a collaboration between student and instructor to solve problems, develop their ideas and work … Continue reading

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Action-Based Education: solving a real problem

Teacher Chris Benbow, Upper School Principal, wrote this piece in his November 12, 2015 edition of Just The Facts: “In what was perhaps a Westtown first, an Advanced Computer Science class announcement brought the house down in Joint Collection on … Continue reading

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