The 4C’s: How Teachers Use iPads to Support 21st-Century Learning


Each spring in their Skills for Tomorrow class, the fifth grade engages in an exercise in empathy. Following the model of NPR’s StoryCorps project, students pair up and share significant life stories and experiences. Then, with the help of an iPad and a choice of apps, students retell their partner’s story using images, video, and words. As they work on

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Meet the Teacher Night 2016: Embracing a Growth Mindset


Middle school is a marvelous, messy, magical time. Students enter fifth grade as children and they leave eighth grade as confident young adults. And during this period of profound growth, they spend a lot of time exploring who they are and who they want to become. Part of our job as middle school educators is to help them see possibilities

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Selectives 4.0: How TVS Teachers Expand Imagination


Now entering Year 4, our Selectives program has never been more dynamic.  In addition to several old favorites, we are offering new courses in creative coding, 3D-printing, broadcast journalism, animal science, songwriting, and Latin American cooking! If you are unfamiliar with our Selectives program, here are some important details we think you ought to know. Selectives does more than expose

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First Day Thoughts: How to Turn a Mistake into a “Beautiful Oops”


During this morning’s opening Middle School Convocation, I shared this reflection with our students. Everyone in this room is going to experience moments of success this year. You will learn new skills, compete on the playing field, perform on the stage, and adventure in the great outdoors. And, undoubtedly, you will also have moments where you struggle. We will all

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How Middle School Teachers Spent Their Summer Vacation


When the middle school faculty returned to school last week, we had a great time catching up with one another. Not surprisingly, “time off” for these teachers also included a great deal of professional “time on.” Here are a few highlights. Julie Frey (Grade 6 Science) presented at the North American Monarch Institute at the University of Minnesota, discussing how

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The Rise of Creativity

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In January, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its new The Future of Jobs report. In it, they surveyed leaders at top global firms about how the workplace is changing and what skills workers will need to be successful five years from now. This should sound very familiar to Trinity Valley parents because our middle school faculty conducted a similar research project

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