7-8 Classroom

Personal Health and Healthy Choices

Personal Health and Healthy Choices

This next three weeks, the fifth through eighth grade students are learning about personal health and healthy choices. This time has previously been used to discuss and practice social interaction skills in mixed-age groups, but for this brief unit Garry will be teaching the 7th/8th grade boys, and Christina Lacroix will be teaching the 7th/8th grade girls in small groups. Our discussion topics will include: Puberty: Physical changes, hygiene, and brain development. Relationships: What is…

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning

        The Language Arts journals are completed. After two months of learning and practicing how to effectively write narratives, paragraphs, various styles of poetry, and non-fiction summaries, students have put their work into a final product. And their journals are beautiful. Students appreciate displaying their work. Individual writing assignments don’t always bring about a feeling of pride for most middle school writers. Identifying best word choice, and organizational strategy is abstract compared…

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7th and 8th Grade Math September 2017

We spent the first week looking at what math is and what mathematicians do in order to set the stage for doing rich math and thinking like mathematicians every day. We have also set Math Norms: Talk about each other’s thinking. Answers are important but they are not the math. Errors are gifts that promote discussion. Use multiple strategies and multiple representations. Ask questions until ideas make sense. And we have worked group challenges to…

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Genius Hour

Genius Hour

Google and Apple are famous for their corporate policy of “20% time” in which employees are encouraged to pursue their passions several hours each work, on company time. Such an atmosphere has led to increased employee satisfaction, as well as the development of some amazing products. This corporate culture has trickled into a 21st Century teaching practice known as “Genius Hour” or “20% Time.” Every Friday, all 7th and 8th grade students will have time…

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Wheeler week schedule

ACS  “Dahlapalooza Play” rehearsal schedule for Week at the Wheeler Opera House Monday, May 1, 2017 No Morning Up-Valley Bus (Aspen bus Riders): Students must be at the Wheeler by 8:00 AM.  Please enter through the Stage Door. Morning Down-Valley Bus:   Normal bus pick up schedule.  Bus will go directly to the Wheeler. 10:45 AM   K, 1, 2 students ride bus back to ACS for most of the day. Regular hours for 3-8 2:20 PM…

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