Category Archives: 21st Century Skills

Selectives Showcase IV: Creativity in High Gear

Last Thursday, the middle school transformed once again into an interactive museum for our fourth semi-annual Selectives Showcase. I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of our Selectives offerings — and the creativity and curiosity our students bring to their work. Here are a few snapshots of the morning! Docuselective Audience members enjoyed the premiere screening of 15 short documentaries

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Zen Mice and the Art of Deep Breathing

It’s nice when science confirms common sense. At some point in your life as a parent, I am sure you have encouraged an agitated, anxious, or angry child to “take a deep breath.” (I detailed one such moment in the post “Take a Deep Breath and Try Again”). Deep breathing helps us calm down. We know that intuitively and experientially.

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Helping Teens Develop Emotional Agility

At some point during your child’s middle school years, you reach a tremendous milestone: You become the parents of a teenager. It’s a watershed moment that sometimes earns you sympathy and advice from other parents who have “been-there-done-that” – and comments such as “Hang on tight! You are in for a wild ride!” It’s no secret that teenagers deal with

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“Lunch in the Zombie Apocalypse” and Other New Classes

A new round of seventh and eighth grade Selectives courses started this week, and the middle school teachers are shaking things up. Seven new offerings are joining perennial favorites – everything from building remote-controlled cars to surviving a zombie apocalypse. Talk about twenty-first century skills . . . ! Take a look at the course descriptions of our new Selectives

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Ready, Set, Learn! Our December 2016 Selectives Showcase

When you have 15 inventive Selectives classes happening simultaneously each week, students and teachers naturally want to take a peek inside other classrooms. Thursday, they got that chance. The middle school transformed into an interactive museum where students and their parents got to watch, listen, taste, build, code, learn, and play with one another. Here are some snapshots from our third semi-annual Selectives Showcase! 

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One Key to Success? Ask Better Questions

“Instead of asking our students what they want to be when they grow up, we should ask them what problem they want to solve.” This advice from Jaime Casap, Google’s Chief Global Education Evangelist, echoes the thoughts of columnist Thomas Friedman, who once wrote: “My generation had it easy. We got to ‘find’ a job. But, more than ever, our kids

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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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