In May when we asked our 50 ‘experts’ (the 10 year olds of PS 20) if it was too noisy in their classroom, in unison, they screamed, ‘YES!”
Using the volume on your computer — select the level of noise you would be comfortable with in a classroom. Room 220 is its near the highest level. Sound absorbent materials are already helping since this video was taken! Leave a comment! And you might want to check out our fundraising platform. Donate and we'll help you with your classroom too!
What happens when you gather 15 teachers from 3 different divisions, add in 3 principals, and mix with 3 design thinkers?
That would be the LREI Innovation Institute.
Two years ago when I made the decision to go to graduate school I had no idea how an MFA in Design for Social Innovation would change my life but I knew it would be big.
Do you know a kid who risks being expelled from school for bad behavior? Or a child who has been bullied in school? These children and their classmates need to be heard, to heal. They need to stay in school and feel safe. This is part of the work of Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
Inquiring Minds DK Holland's address to the graduating class of 5th graders at PS 20 in Brooklyn, New York. She was introduced by class valedictorian Clara Flanders. Read the transcript of her speech—which by the way—brought the house down!
What does the 21st century 5th grade classroom look like? Is it achievable in a Title 1 inner city school? Inquiring Minds decided to find out. So we called on 50 experts: 4th graders about to be promoted to 5th grade, at PS 20 in Brooklyn.
Monica and I had a great meeting with principal Michele Del Gallo Castner at the progressive Agnor-Hurt Elementary School (in Charlottesville, VA) recently.
Getting kids to imagine their future doesn’t turn out to be difficult at all! And especially in fifth grade, when kids are about to transition to greater independence and are starting to think critically and abstractly, this kind of exercise can open up portals in their young minds.
Monica and I had dinner in Charlottesville with our gracious host, John Hunter on the historic mall. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia which was founded by Thomas Jefferson so the Wall of Free Speech has even greater meaning because of its proximity to the school and to the many students who express their profound and mundane thoughts equally in bright, bold colors. But there in front of the wall — without any chalk — so we could not add our two cents to these pithy messages. We’ll just have to go back (and we’re making chalk a part of our travel kit — permanently!)
Monica and I visited with superintendent Pam Moran and her team from the Albermarle county Public Schools — like-minded, progressive souls. Some think she's the most progressive in the country, in fact. Pam was the visionary who empowered a young teacher with a new approach to nurturing critical thinking many moons ago: Our friend John Hunter who went on to create the World Peace Game which is played in 20 countries at this point, including at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School where he teaches 4th grade. We started an outstanding dialogue — which we are eager to continue!