“Where Teaching Begins”

It was hard to tell it was winter.  With stretches of 70 degree days throughout December and January, the shapes of the winter trees reminded me that even without the cold or snow, my world was [...]

“How can we stand up instead of standing by when we see injustice?”

"How can we stand up instead of standing by when we see injustice?" That was the topic of February's all-school community meeting, hosted by the 4th grade classes. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, all [...]

SWS 4th grade teachers’ reflect on how the Reggio approach instills curiosity and problem-solving

SWS 4th grade teachers, Jordan Loftis and Caitie Meehan Jordan Loftis and Caitie Meehan are the new duo in charge of teaching the school’s forty 4th graders -- and first ever 4th grade [...]

Student-led dialogue: Thinking better together

In this post, Ms. Scofield describes the process she and Mr. Leavitt used to guide second graders in developing the provocation for the November schoolwide community meeting: "How can we take care of our world?" Early [...]

2nd grade Monarch Museum: Nuturing a sense of wonder

Each student at SWS visited a museum in December to learn about monarch butterflies, but they didn't head to the Smithsonian. They went to the second grade hallway! Ms. Scofield's second grade class created its own [...]

“What do children worry about?”

Have you ever asked your child, "What do you worry about"? Ms. Bowman, our Elementary Atelierista, asked that question of her students, and the results are beautiful. > Read her blog post, What do children worry about?

Folktale Day at SWS: Kindergarteners explore stories and perform

"Twelve Goats Gruff"  ...  "Three Billy Goats Fluff" ... Learning to look closely at stories, exploring closely a single story, settings and dialogue, and performing for peers: That was all part of this year's Folktale Day [...]

Margaret Ricks: Pioneer and inspiration

Margaret Ricks, Kindergarten teacher, is one of the founding teachers of School Within School. She is a a true pioneer, inspiration, and mentor. Ms. Margaret Ricks during morning meeting in her kindergarten classroom at School [...]

Exploring Patterns in PK4

Ms. Hannah's PreK-4 students are looking for all the different ways that they can make patterns ... with their bodies and all sorts of materials. If you get the pattern wrong you might have to take out the [...]

SWS Sunflowers Art Exhibit at the Hill Center

SWS students have been exploring the huge sunflowers in the SWS garden ... exploring them full size outside and up close in the art studio. Students created multimedia explorations of color and line, and even a collaborative [...]