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Engaged and Active Learning in 2nd Grade

On Thursday night, I attended Charles and Guillaume’s classes’ performance. My smile grew and my eyes got a little damp as the show went on and I saw how motivated, engaged, and happy the students were as they demonstrated multitudes of skills they...

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Appreciation of cross-grade learning

Yesterday a number of parents provided the faculty and staff with a spectacular lunch. It was the annual Teacher Appreciation Lunch, when everyone who works at ISTP is treated royally, fed a gourmet meal, and truly feels appreciated. So a huge...

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Fruit and Vegetable Fever

This week I was invited to partake of the fruits and vegetables that the 3rd graders brought in for their presentations in English class. Mrs. Brooks pairs a non-fiction researched presentation on a fruit or vegetable with a fiction piece based...

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Waste-Free Lunch and Learning

On Tuesday and Wednesday, middle school student Axel Clavier led the elementary school in an activity designed to raise awareness in a very visual way. Axel is part of the task force “Inconvenient Youth”, which is part of Al Gore’s climate change...

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Exchange Excitement

Throughout the break, I have read daily emails from the two elementary exchange trips that are happening. Each report is a little voyage away from my desk as I am transported to Hangzhou, China or Fumel, France. I am amazed at the opportunities...

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Lessons on learning from the yoga mat (and beyond)

Yoga has been one of my greatest teachers. Of course, I do have those amazing actual teachers whom I will always remember and to whom I owe so much, but there are other teachers in life to recognize as well, and physical activity is one of them.

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The Beauty of Elementary School Performances

Since I already wrote about Music Week in an email to elementary school parents, I was going to write about something different this week, but I just returned to my office after the 2nd grade performance and felt that I had to write about Music...

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Read, Read, Read

I’ve been thinking a lot about reading these days, for a number of reasons. I am writing an article for our next newsletter. That article will focus on learning to read and teaching reading, but in my preparation to write, I found time and again...

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Wrestling and Pillow Fights

On Wednesday evening, Usha Sangam from Hand in Hand Parenting came to give a talk entitled “The Well-Balanced Child – Avoiding Stress and Overscheduling” (login and click to view the pdf of the presentation slides) that addressed helping children...

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Taking Healthy Risks

There are three recent events percolating in my mind, connected by the idea of healthy risk taking that leads to growth. I had been thinking about the Elementary School Jump For Heart event last Wednesday, as well as about the wonderful...

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