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Class VII Creative Writing: Story of the Five Sisters

The third in our series of awesome writing, inspired by some award-winning photos of 2014.   image source: BuzzFeed.com Story of the Five Sisters by Lungta Lhamu Once there were five sisters. The sisters were very beautiful and their names … Continue reading

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Class VII Creative Writing: About a Poor Family

Here is the second in our series of awesome writing, inspired by some award-winning photos of 2014.   image source: BuzzFeed.com About a Poor Family by Sonam Chodron Once upon a time in a small village there lived a poor … Continue reading

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Class VII Creative Writing: About the Parrots’ Home

Class VII has been working recently on creative writing: specifically, giving structuring their stories around central conflict and narrative arc, and enriching them with detail, dialogue, the five senses, and simile. Here is the first in a short series of … Continue reading

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Class IX on Shakespeare’s “The Seven Ages”

  Class IX’s syllabus, unfortunately, lacks the flexibility of the other grades’ as our studies are dictated so directly by the requirements of the biannual national exams. This means that our texts of study are strictly externally prescribed, but we … Continue reading

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“Being Monpa is Special for Me”

Calling back upon our theme of structural violence, Class VII has recently been delving into learning about different forms of ethnic discrimination. We began with some news articles about trends and instances of discrimination in Indian cities against tribal minorities … Continue reading

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“Opportunity is like a river: When a river flows down, it never flows back.”

Happy New Year! Still! Continuing our brief unit on the form of the manifesto, Class VIII recently applied their artistry and insight to the challenge of crafting and communicating their own statements of intention. Check out the striking products of … Continue reading

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Descriptive Writing: Bonfire Senses

Photo by Volunteer Leah Wood   The budding novelists of Class VII have been most recently equipping their creative writing toolboxes with practice observing and enunciating detail of the five senses. Check out below their collaborative description of our New … Continue reading

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A Manifesto New Year

Class VIII is ringing in 2015 with a brief study of the literary form of the manifesto: essentially, any declaration by a person or group about the values, beliefs, and intentions guiding the way one lives their life. Here are … Continue reading

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Where do we go from here? Class VIII on Culture, Development, and Education

  We conclude our unit (the one with all the colossal, interconnected questions about how we’re all ourselves colossally interconnected) with some personal reflection on the same questions the students caught Davis and His Holiness grappling with a few weeks … Continue reading

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Class VIII Confronts Institutionalized Education

  The heart of our “How do we fit into the web of the world? What and why is culture? What is valuable knowledge?” unit (succinct descriptor still pending) has revolved around a number of questions critically posed in the … Continue reading

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Class VII on Race

A throwback from this summer: following our classes critically examining beauty in the media from a particularly gendered perspective, Class VII dove into tackling representation of race in the mainstream media and dominant narratives of society. We opened with the … Continue reading

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Class VIII Interviews His Holiness

(kind of) The students of Class VIII have been doing some really impressive, high-level work recently: dissecting the intricacies of pretty advanced texts, and grappling independently with complex ideas that renowned scholars also find themselves caught in the throes of. … Continue reading

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Class VI on Pesticides

After an evening showing of an episode of Aamir Khan’s socially critical talk show series, Satyamev Jayate, investigating the usage of pesticides in India, Class VI did some creative responses to the fairly unsettling information with which they had just … Continue reading

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Class VIII on North Korea

Timeline by Class VIII. Intrigued and overflowing with questions after the stories they heard from visitors Mike and Chris about their experiences teaching in South Korea and working to support North Korean refugees, Class VIII recently explored a two-week unit … Continue reading

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An Opener on Interbeing

Class VIII begins a unit on human relationship with the natural world by responding to a provocative quote by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Phurpa Lhamo I like this idea because it is very creative writing paragraph and in … Continue reading

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Walnut Shell Clavicles

This week, Classes IV and pre-K collaborated to study the internal workings of our bodies by building models of the skeletal system out of found objects. Check out their diverse resourcefulness below!

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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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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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