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Independent Teacher

 
Fall 2016

 

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From the Editor

Stan Izen

Despite all the negative press primary and secondary school teachers are getting these days, incredible teaching (and learning!) is going on in many classrooms.

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The Tiny House

Lisa Bostwick

Students explore the design process architects use by designing individual tiny houses.

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Children Writing for Children

Ryan Tahmaseb

It was a pleasure to see the younger students respond with such enthusiasm to their older schoolmates’ creative prototypes, which ranged from board games to child-sized nests students could climb inside.

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Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

Melanie Flores

What happens when you combine the energy and imagination of a kindergartner with the engineering design process?

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Turning the School Upside Down One Week a Year

Kate George and Alison Siefert

During Intersession, we plan and execute a single school-wide curriculum, try new teaching strategies, and share students in multi-age groups.

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STEAM

Amy Burns

A third-grade science class and a third-grade music class collaborate on a unit about sound.

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Math Centers

Margaret Kraft-Smith

In my 26 years of teaching, no single approach to education has excited me more or led to more success than the use of math centers in both my first- and second-grade classrooms.

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Why Peace Education Matters

Sarah Pfenninger

Nardin Montessori offers an examination of the role of peace as it relates to both contemporary and historic time periods, allowing for an introspective view as students prepare to become global citizens.

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Student Engagement through Choice

Kim Haines

Wherever I can give my students true ownership and satisfying personalization of their school experiences, I find learners who are more willing to engage in the persistence that deep learning requires.

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Stories Matter

Sarah Coates

We need individuals who know how to learn and how to seek the learning of others, and we need those who can apply and share this learning as citizens.

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