Tuesday, November 27, 2012
On our professional development day, the faculty worked with Connell Frazier, director of Sage Online. She is the parent of our alumna, Alex Frazier, currently a senior at Troy High. Connie taught us about moodle, wordle, photofunia, scribblar, spellingcity, animoto, audioboo, voicethread, glogster, xtranormal, zoomerang, dipity and jing. Wow! Do you think our heads are full?
Here is a movie I made on animoto that shows us at work!
Next step: share with the kids!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thank you to those grandparents who couldn't be here for sending good wishes through the mail. They are displayed on the Special Messages wall:
Monday, November 19, 2012
Thomas Friedman quoted Tony Wagner of Harvard, the author of “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World" in his NY Times Op Ed piece yesterday. Everywhere I look at Parker I see this idea in action. "Purposeful Action" is what we call it. Students using math and engineering skills to build and program robots; eighth graders preparing and serving a spaghetti lunch to raise funds for a curricular trip to Philadelphia; K-1's writing about their observations of the radishes they planted; 2-3's preparing a display for the Historical Society; and on...
Our curriculum is based on building things, doing for others, trying out perspectives, exploring fascinating topics - what you know is vitally important because what you do with it can change the world.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
K-1's were taking a look at farm life in their ongoing study of food and where it comes from. They have already planted vegetables, observed and drawn seeds of many kinds and designed an irrigation system for a farm. Each student is writing and illustrating a book about farms.
2-3's were there too. The focus of their exploration was how the Shakers developed and transformed their land. They are studying the concepts of rural, urban and suburban communities and the site proved a very interesting challenge to their understanding of those terms. A historic scavenger hunt of Troy and mapping the school's property have also added to their knowledge base. December 13 is Opening Night for an exhibition they will be designing and curating at the Troy Historical Society.
|Hancock Shaker Village|