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Experiential Learning: Why It’s Essential to Your Child’s Education

Children learn deeply and cultivate a life-long love of learning through experience. At Baker, children master grade-level reading, writing, and mathematics skills, as well as inquiry-based skills through the Next Generation Science Standards. The vehicle for their learning is experience, rather than completing worksheets, memorizing, or listening to a lecture. Let me paint a picture

Design Thinking: Helping Children Approach Problems

“It’s Optimistic. Design Thinking is the fundamental belief that we all can create change—no matter how big a problem, how little time or how small a budget.” -Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit As I shared in my Back to School Night welcome, our theme for this 2019-2020 school year at Baker is Design. Each year

Back to School Transitions

Dear Parents, I hope that last week’s back-to-school transition went well for your family. Children and young adults, depending upon their age and disposition, experience transitions in different ways. There is no right or wrong way for children to transition; some test the waters slowly, while others jump into the deep end ready to go!

How to Have an Awesome Year. 2019

On this first day of school, I walked through Baker classrooms where I observed a group of preschoolers  busily creating a meal in the outdoor kitchen, while another group talked about the food they were making by rolling, cutting, and shaping clay. Our 4th graders were planning an afternoon exploration to the lake – complete

Graduation Speech: What is Your Responsibility to the World?

Baker graduates, parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, alumni and friends, Welcome to Baker Demonstration School’s 2019 Eighth Grade Graduation. It is an auspicious year for this annual ceremony. Graduates, your graduation occurs within Baker’s Centennial Year. You are a part of a school that began one-hundred years ago. Baker Demonstration School was a radical departure from traditional

School Environments that Support a Healthy Brain

We know from the last two decades of neuroscience research that a healthy brain is essential for humans to thrive. We know through research that our brains are in a constant state of change based upon our our environments, interactions and experiences, and, they continue to change throughout the course of the human lifespan. As

How is My Child Really Doing? A Few Thoughts on Progress Reports

How are they doing? Progress reports will be sent out this Monday, and at Baker these narrative reports touch on all aspects of children’s learning experience – their progress in academic areas, their socio-emotional growth and developing competencies in peer relationships, and challenges that they are experiencing. Baker progress reports are detailed pictures of teachers’

Fall Reading

Many children walk into the red doors of Baker each morning with a book clasped in their hands. I love hearing from the them about the books they are reading – from Greta’s Elephant and Piggy books to Milo’s The Mysterious Benedict Society. There is something especially wonderful about reading in fall. The cooler air

Four Ways Parents Can Support Our School

Kindergarten students reading Piggy and Gerald together during morning choice time   One of the best parts about Baker is the committed, engaged community of parents who go the extra mile to support the school. More than 100 parents attended our September Back-to-School Night/ State-of-the-School events. During these recent gatherings and throughout the summer, parent

Adventurous Teaching: Taking Science to the Next Level

Baker teachers are a curious, adventurous group. In this centennial year, teacher orientation week began with this question: How can we design an integrated science study for the whole school that engages students in a real-world problem and engages students with field study and community partnerships? Four Baker teams head out into the city for