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“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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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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The Justice Project and Empathy

By Abigail Lausch After reading To Kill a Mockingbird, a Depression-era novel that focuses on the unjust trial of a black man, seventh graders began a project that combined two of the major themes of the novel: justice and empathy. … 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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Mindfulness in the Classroom: Unexpected Benefits for Teachers, Too

By Amanda Huskey Over the past few years, mindfulness has been a hot topic among Westtown School’s Lower School teachers and students.  For the past two school years, my second grade classes have had weekly mindfulness sessions with a teacher … Continue reading

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