Category Archives: Weekly Wrap-ups

Sustainable Learning

On their last day of summer, Kathryn and Sofia came to school to work on a project from a class they finished over two months ago. In February, they started researching methods of removing the salt from saltwater. When they didn’t … Continue reading

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Final Exams and PoLs

Last week, a brilliant math student asked me, “Am I going to have to explain this for the final? Because I can do it, but I don’t think I could explain it.” She asked because, for honors midterms in January, … Continue reading

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Community

On Friday morning, my department head asked me what I was most proud of during the first year of Innovation Lab. I told her that watching students exhibit their work – at the Bruce Museum, at National History Day – were … Continue reading

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Prototyping

One year ago, where I am sitting right now, twenty-eight desks were arranged in rows and columns facing the front. There were a few stock posters of Italy and a bowl with old Spanish pesos on top of a dusty … Continue reading

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Making at Deeper Learning 2016

This morning, Courtney swapped her usual dry-erase marker for a butane torch. About half-an-hour earlier, we had a choice to go to sessions and discuss topics generated by attendees. Or to make stuff. Courtney, a Humanities teacher, spent Wednesday at workshops about brain training … Continue reading

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Eureka! It’s Battery Power!!!

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The past two weeks in STEM have seen the beginning of our next major project, which we are calling “Eureka!  It’s Battery Power!!!”  Linking to our marking period motif of “Inspiration” and those “a-ha” moments that drive innovation and progress, this project … Continue reading

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National History Day, Part Two

Yesterday in class, students presented their National History Day projects to Tony Andrade, the Fairfield County Coordinator for National History Day. The idea was to replicate the actual judging process students will experience at the competition on March 19th. Putting … Continue reading

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Sources of Inspiration

After a thrilling week and a well-deserved break, we began the week by organizing a few activities around our third quarter motif, Inspiration. Our scheduling allows students to meet as one large group during blocks where both STEM and Humanities classes are in … Continue reading

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Bruce Museum Exhibition

On Tuesday, February 2, 41 students exhibited their work at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Bruce staff members Corrine, Anna, and Dan were essential during the set-up earlier in the day. We are grateful to the hundreds of attendees who … Continue reading

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Humanities Modernism Project

On Friday, students submitted their independent Humanities projects that symbolically represented their understanding of Modernism. According to one definition, “Modernism was a philosophical and artistic movement of the early 20th century which portrayed the world of men as a harsh, … Continue reading

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