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Expanding Diversity in Middle School Literature

I recall the first time I encountered my own identity reflected in a reading assigned for class. It was Annie Proulx’s famous short story about two cowboys who fall in love. After reading the story, I felt apprehensive about the next day’s class...

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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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Guest Bloggers Erin O'Rielly & Liz Evans: Teachers as Learners

A little over a month ago, we had the exciting (and much appreciated) opportunity to attend the PYP Teaching and Learning workshop in Singapore. The IB workshops in Asia are particularly suited to INTL’s* needs as a multilingual, multicultural...

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4th and 5th Graders Learn About the U.S. Electoral Process with Mock Election

 

The 4th graders served as "campaign managers" and prepared presentations about each candidate.
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Author Chris Rumble Visits INTL! – A Blog by 3rd Graders Sophie L. and Lorenne L.

On March 10, 2016, an author named Chris Rumble came and told us about his life as an author. His visit started early in the morning, right when the bell rang. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes attended the first "Reading Pep Rally" session....

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Guest Bloggers Heidi Smith and Ya-Ching Chang: Inquiry Learning in 3rd Grade English and Chinese

When we develop lessons, we always try to keep our school’s mission in mind, and strive to create curricula that develop students’ international consciousness, helping them make connections across disciplines, languages, and cultures.

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Guest Blogger Heidi Smith: Johnny Appleseed Inspires Interdisciplinary Connections

 

INTL *teacher Terry Chapman, who is related to the real Johnny Appleseed, recently visited Heidi Smith's 3rd grade class as part of her interdisciplinary unit on "tall tales."
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Visit from Author Sara Pennypacker – A Celebration of Creative Writing!

This week, Cohn Campus was filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation as students prepared for author Sara Pennypacker’s visit on Thursday.

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Guest Bloggers Erin and Jacoba: Sensory Exploration Within our Nursery Themes

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“How-To”– 1st Graders Learn by Teaching Others

One aspect of INTL’s* curriculum is that students are able to learn not only from their teacher, but also from each other through collaborative projects. Students help their peers with any difficulties they may be having, and their peers in turn...

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