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Boom and Bust in California

January 02, 2016

The Silicon Crew will do a lot of writing this quarter. Each student will have to produce three science essays within an 8-week period: expository, scientific review, and and argumentative essay.

 

Students will read science essays taken from America's best collections of science essays. Some of these include: Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The (Elusive) Theory of Everything, Scientific American (Physics); Jaron Lanier, The First Church of Robotics, New Yorker (How to think about the relationship between computers and human beings. In addition, the nature of human thought as bit information to populate the AI), and more. Parents are encouraged to read in parallel with their child and engage in friendly (as opposed to testing your child) conversations about the material.

 

The Silicon Crew will be focusing on non-fiction this quarter as they practice and develop mastery in the mechanics and meaning of science essay writing. Through this process, they will also have a better understanding of scientific thinking and how this mindset helps people think more in scientific terms.

Differentiated Instruction

October 27, 2015

Research in educational environments informs us of how students develop anxiety and other behavioral challenges when they are not placed in learning environments appropriate to their abilities. We are using a holistic approach to address differentiated needs and strategies. This includes consideration of social-emotional skill levels, learning pace and preferred learning styles, connections to the subject matter, readiness for grade level performance expectations, social dynamics with peers, and more.

his quarter, we will be moving students into differentiated groups. Movements are based on the results of the standardized individual assessments, teacher observations of the assessment process and class performance and group dynamics. We are addressing multi-level abilities of students in each of the classes. Ongoing assessment and flexible grouping allows us to provide for appropriate tasks and expectations for every student in Imagination School.

Inspired by the Elements!

August 29, 2015

Our students are grouped into classes called the Iron Crew (Fe), Copper Crew (Cu), and Silicon Crew (Si). We chose these elements for their profound impact on the evolution of human society. This school year commenced with playful, cooperative, and hands-on lessons on the three foundations of Imagination School: (1) Caring and empowering community; (2) Deep-dive, hands-on, and imaginative academic learning programs; and (3) Individualized 21st Century skills. Now that students know one another’s names, interacted in learning activities, collaborated in drafting school agreements, learned how they will learn, and mapped out the school’s physical layout, we are ready to embark on our learning journey: deep-dive core academics, 21st century core skills, the arts, social emotional skills, and kinesthetic education.

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