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And Away We Go! Experiential Learning in Middle School

Opportunities for Growth

Middle School trips are both a continuation of the overnight and international trips offered in Elementary, and a deep-dive into the concept of experiential learning. Students have multiple opportunities to travel...

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Introducing Flex Time – A New Outlet for Creativity in our International Middle School

Flex Time is an exciting new program at ISTP that combines innovation, design thinking, and the arts to provide our International Middle School students with new outlets for their creativity.

Through both teacher-led and self-directed projects,...

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Service Learning Reflection–Care Packages for the Palo Alto Homeless–by Claire Y.

Last month, our International Middle School 6th graders created their own service learning projects as part of their unit on The Giver by Lois Lowry. They thought about their personal interests and abilities and then located needs within their...

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“Young People Have a Voice Too” – Middle School Student Council Leads Participation in National School Walkout Day

On Wednesday, March 14, ISTP International Middle School students were inspired by fellow students at schools around the nation to participate in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence. The walkout lasted 17 minutes, beginning at...

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Deeper Understanding Through Travel

ISTP students have incredible opportunities for international travel available to few children their age. As educators, we ask – how can we help students best take advantage of these opportunities and gain a deeper understanding of the world?

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10 Tips to Help Your Adolescent Find Balance in the Digital Age

If you are the parent of an adolescent, you are surely aware of the allure of the screen. From the internet to video games to wanting to join social media at a younger and younger age, parents today –especially in the Silicon Valley – have to...

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8th Graders Reenact Historical Trial to Learn about the French Judicial System

Our 8th graders recently learned about French history and justice firsthand by reenacting the famous trial of Claude Gueux. They first read Victor Hugo's account of the trial, and then staged the proceedings themselves.

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Guest Blogger: The Thales Theorem, by 8th Grader Klavie G.

Klavie G. explains how she applied the Thales theorem that she learned in 8th grade math class to solve a problem in the real world.

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