Tag Archives: Action Based Education

“The Real World”

Last week in a faculty meeting a colleague explained that our work was fundamentally to prepare our students for “the real world.”  We all have phrases that make us cringe. Along with “the real world,” a few others on my … 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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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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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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Reflections on Race from NAIS 2016 National Convention

By Whitney Suttell The theme for this year’s NAIS annual conference was “What’s Your Story?” While I heard many different stories from both individuals and schools, Bryan Stevenson’s keynote address was the most moving story of the conference.  Stevenson spoke … Continue reading

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