Monthly Archives: July 2014

Beauty and the Media: Perspectives from Class VII

Class VII had one of our fullest, most engaged hours earlier this week when we spent a class interrogating conceptions of beauty. We began with a silent, reflective opener: “What is beauty?” The kids shared some thoughtful insights. Mani Wangmu … Continue reading

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Origin Stories by Class VIII

In tandem with a Science unit on evolution and natural selection, Class VIII has been working for the last week exploring origin stories in their various forms. Over the weekend, they were asked to seek out an oral retelling of … Continue reading

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“Smile and say ‘predicate nominative!’”

This is what that prompt yielded: Sangey Yudron, Lobsang Yudron, Tashi Lhamu A after which I just stuck to “Avatar” as an alternative. In other words, here are some gems of the kids being over-the-line, but-seriously-tone-it-down-a-notch-guys, probably-actually-what-broke-my-camera-screen adorable in between … Continue reading

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Why do we tell stories?

I think that people have something special that makes us think. We like to listen to stories because stories make us happy and not bored. From telling stories to each other, we can share our knowledge. I think stories are … Continue reading

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Child of Tibet

A centerpiece of our recent unit on home featured the story of a woman named Soname Yangchen, born in the countryside of Tibet, raised as a servant-slave in the capital Lhasa, and then harrowed physically and emotionally throughout her escape … Continue reading

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Class VII on Gender Roles

Following up a provocative episode of Avatar (the gang’s arrival to the Northern Water Tribe, for all you fans out there), Class VII spent the afternoon discussing gender roles and expectations as we experience them in our lives. Check out … Continue reading

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Class VI: “Where I’m From”

Wrapping up our unit on place, home, and identity, the Class VI students recently wrote their own “I Am From” poems, prompted by the work of George Ella Lyon and a series of other examples inspired by her format. Find … Continue reading

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