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Posted on March 17, 2017

As you walk into our building from the Primary School entrance, you find yourself inside our Rainbow Hallway. If you continue, you’ll reach our library, but it may not be what you expect to see. You will still find shelves upon shelves of books, tables, chairs and rugs, but you’ll also find a lot more as this space provides many new opportunities for our students in JPK through 4th grade.

 

Posted on January 18, 2017
Soi Chong Powell's robotics team is doing amazing things! One of the team members, Lyra Sagez, has entered an essay in the VEX Robotics contest. Please take a moment and read her touching words below about her teammates and how robotics has influenced her. You can vote for her essay by clicking on the register button and logging in.
Posted on January 13, 2017

Think back to when you were in school. In addition the the knowledge you gained from your classroom studies, wouldn’t it have been nice to be able to pick a topic about which you are really passionate, and learn as much as you could about it? I’m talking about something that really interested you, but you might not learn about during the regular course of study. This idea is exactly what “Genius Hour” is all about!

Posted on November 29, 2016

"It's the first day of the month - rent is due!" At the beginning of each month, my 4th grade students pull out their checkbooks and pay their “$1,000 rent.” Leading up to this, 4th graders also receive their monthly paychecks and extra-curricular activity bonuses. All of these events are a daily part of the classroom economy system in my 4th grade classroom.

Posted on November 21, 2016

On November 18th, Evansville Day School Global Honor Society students collaboratively organized an International Celebration Day to promote cultural diversity and understanding.

Posted on November 3, 2016

In just about any classroom, establishing context for why something matters is just as important as learning a skill itself.  In my English class, this understanding of context couldn’t be more important. How is a student supposed to understand the full atmosphere of fear surrounding 1984 without understanding the politics of George Orwell’s time? How can a student truly appreciate Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner without immersing himself some in Afghan culture and h

Posted on October 13, 2016

Math often receives a bad reputation for not being applicable to students (or adults) in the “real-world.” While there is some truth to this sentiment (I never factor a trinomial while shopping), this isn’t true all the time. Students do not have to be professional mathematicians or scientists or engineers to see how math is used in the “real-world” (although there are some awesome examples of math in action in the STEM field).

Posted on September 23, 2016

The mantra “you get what you pay for” has its truths.  If I pay $1 for a cheeseburger, then I would not necessarily expect the same quality as if I ordered a $10 cheeseburger.  However, this does not mean that the low cost option is always a “bad” option.  The world of Open Educational Resources (OER) is blossoming.  Educators and those concerned about quality and cost of education have banded together to create and share content while still holding onto legal rights of authorship (to varying

Posted on September 6, 2016

This year in middle school, students at Evansville Day School are ushering in a new era. They are bringing their own devices to school and have the opportunity to use them in class to enhance their l

Posted on April 29, 2016
When I took piano lessons as a youth, taught myself how to play chords on a guitar, and sang regularly along with the radio, I knew I liked "music" as a pastime. In addition, I was told that music helps students learn math, though I didn't really understand why.
Posted on April 19, 2016
My students regularly ask me why I decided to become a biology teacher. They have heard all about my adventurous work at various zoos and my experiences working in wildlife conservation. They think I made a poor decision by leaving the zoological field to serve as a boring biology teacher.
Posted on April 5, 2016
On April 19, Evansville Day School will be competing in the area Senior Academic Bowl. Fifteen Upper School students will represent the school as five teams, competing in the Literature, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Math, and Science.
Posted on March 14, 2016
“Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works.” This famous Steve Jobs quote about technology sums up most philosophies towards robotics education.
Posted on March 4, 2016
Whether a toddler who delights in the act of making marks, or a teen who devotes hours to drawing Manga characters, your child’s artistic expression and your encouragement of it can enhance cognitive development in surprising ways. Here are 3 ways to develop curiosity, grit, and innovative thinking through art:
 
Posted on February 29, 2016

The SAT has long been a rite of passage that students must undergo in order to reach college.  Students often remark that the SAT or its counterpart ACT are the most stressful element of the college admissions process.  Why does one test taken in three or four hours on a Saturday hold so much weight for their future?  While there are more colleges each year that are either test-optional or do not factor in the standardized test scores as heavily as past years, the SAT is still an important el

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