7-8 Classroom

Warrior Trait #3: Physical Fitness

Warrior Trait #3: Physical Fitness

In Language Arts we are continuing to develop our Warrior Traits: self-awareness, self-control, and now physical fitness. At home students are reading articles about the body-mind connection, so go ahead and ask them about the co-evolution of these two parts of ourselves. Fitness brings more oxygen to the brain, endorphins from our lymbic system; physical accomplishments develop confidence, and pushing our physical limits steers us to a more positive self-image. The research is abundant and […]

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Warrior Trait #2: Self-Control

Warrior Trait #2: Self-Control

This week students are asked to identify three aspects of their life which they would like to change, to pay careful attention, and to work towards increased self-control in these areas. We will be monitoring our progress over the course of next week. As noted by one of our 8th grade writers, “Self-control is one of the most important traits a person can possess because almost everything in life requires it. When you disagree with […]

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Warrior Trait #1: Self-Awareness

Warrior Trait #1: Self-Awareness

Writing is hard. It’s complex. Typing, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, vocabulary, spelling, sequencing, phrasing, introductions, conclusions, transitions. And we didn’t even touch on the concept of thinking about the intended message we want to convey! There’s a lot to think about.  To help students progress in their writing, I have them write a lot. Every day, in fact. We write 7-minute stories, reflections, journal entries, thank you notes, book reviews, and we investigate certain ideas in […]

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Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon

I hope that your teenager is still sleeping after a late night and a fantastically adventurous week. I’m sure you’ve already heard a few stories about the week on the Green River, but a quick note from the teacher: It was amazing! The group dynamic among the students was incredibly positive, productive, and constructive. Watching their interactions while in the canoes, setting up camp, cleaning up the boats, washing the dishes, sharing meals, settling in […]

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Student-Led Conference

Dear 7-8 Families, Thank you for taking the time to drive up to the mesa and listen to your students’ reflections these past few days. Your willingness to listen, to ask questions, and to engage in their conversations shows that you value their effort and the quality of their performance. You are integral to their learning process, and the value of this hour together is enormous. Thank you!!!! I am invigorated as I listen to […]

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