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Ms Ellien’s class migrates across the Atlantic

November 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Last Friday, Ms Ellien’s class performed a fantastic,  short Immigration play for parents and staff.  It was a great example of what we lose when we are too focused on test scores and standardized tests.  While watching the play I was reminded of my very short and unsuccessful role as an elderly man riding a bike in my grade 5 play.  Although my acting career was short-lived, it still taught me a lot.  Collaboration, presentation skills, and creativity (she let us write our own lines) were all emphasized.  Standardized tests can’t test these skills, but that doesn’t mean we should leave them out.

They're coming to America!!!

Tags: social studies

Big Questions for Lane Kids

October 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

One of the areas Lane staff is looking to strengthen, is getting the students to think of units in terms of “big” or “essential” questions.  This helps students to be inquisitive toward the subject matter, as well as provide a chance for deeper learning. Below is a question that Mrs Lerra posted for her students’ study of New England history.  Does this make you think?

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Tags: education · social studies