Each year, our Open House provides a rich opportunity for students to showcase their learning. In the morning, students host visitors in their own classrooms AND visit each classroom on campus, taking on the roles of both teacher and learner. In the evening, parents attend the event to see the exhibits in their child's classroom and all around campus. This year, Open House was more exciting than ever with Studio projects on the Euclid Yard, physics experiments in the classrooms, math games galore, and so much more!
Students in JA Olders showcased their high-level learning in front of a packed audience via their Einstein Debates. Working in teams, students presented and argued different sides to topics such as Nature VS Nurture, Quantum Theory Argument between Bohr and Einstein, the Investment in Space Exploration, and Intuition VS Rational Thinking.
PS1 was thrilled to welcome Ken Cook, president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group for an evening parent education presentation. PS1's long-standing mission of sustainability is a great match with the advocacy work of EWG.
To create an academically rigorous environment, teachers must help students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging. Click to read the newest Teaching & Learning blog post, where we describe what we mean by Rigor and highlight examples of our rigorous academic program in each Cluster from Youngers to Olders.
Are you curious about our approach to Multi-Age Grouping, including our Cluster system? Watch the video to learn more about this important aspect of how we organize classrooms and learning at PS1.
In the Olders Cluster, students examined the role of the press in reporting, reflecting, and shaping public opinion. Students explored different aspects of the First Amendment, political cartoons, front page news, and social media. Then they toured the LA Times Printing Plant to see firsthand how news stories go from the press room to your doorstep.
In the newest Teaching & Learning Blog Post, we explore the theme of Learning Goals. What do we mean by learning goals and how do teachers set these goals throughout the curriculum? CLICK HERE to read more from Nancy Harding, PS1's Assistant Head for Teaching & Learning.
The newest issue of Periscope is the result of a two-year research project we performed to determine the salient characteristics of a PS1 graduate. What qualities can you expect to see in your child upon graduation? Look inside to read about each characteristic on the "Portrait" Chart, as well as the teachers' descriptions of each one in action. Enjoy!
This year, PS1 enhances its afterschool Clubhouse enrichment offerings with two interdisciplinary Spanish and Art classes for ages 5-7 and 8-12.
Teachers John and Aarika note, "We knew we would want to move below the surface and age appropriately uncover this brutally painful aspect of our history. We knew that we wanted to consider the information from a variety of angles." What resulted was a rich and powerful multidisciplinary and project-based study that students will remember forever.