Thursday, January 8, 2015

Is this how you learned about rocks?

Good morning, 

As you know, we are blessed to have some amazing learners in the Webster Groves School District!  Please take a moment to check out the creative production below that Jim Hake and his class at Edgar Road produced to share their learning of the rock cycle!

Jim shared, "The kids really enjoyed the process of writing, recording, and shooting the music video. In addition, the hard work paid off. The evidence of this is that there were kids mouthing the words to the song and writing lyrics on their end of unit assessment while explaining the rock cycle. Also, they are super excited to see how many views they have on YouTube!"

Wish learning about rocks would have been this engaging and memorable for me back in the day.  "Thanks" to Jim and his students for sharing their learning!

Each child, Each day...John

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Dear Families,

On January 2, preschool through sixth grade staff had the opportunity to learn together at edcampWG!  What makes the "edcamp" model of professional learning unique is that participants have the opportunity to initiate what they want to share, learn about, and/or discuss - THAT DAY!

Here is just a sampling of the more than 40 topics explored: 20% time in the classroom, social justice, Twitter, meeting the mental health needs of children, relevant writing, initiating big change, cooperative learning in the arts, coding, and pop culture in the classroom.

In addition, staff also had the opportunity to interact with local agencies in support of both child and adult learning.  Some of those groups included the Washington University Young Scientist Program, Preferred Family Health, Webster Groves Farmers Market, Monsanto, and Keep Art Happening.

All in all, it was a great morning of learning!

Each child, Each day...John