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Is Pink Just for Girls?

Dear Families, Last week I wrote about our new thinking routine, where children are paired together in order to speak and listen to each other as they talk through a problem or question that has been posed. This speaking/listening routine is part of what is termed oracy and is the first step in acquiring reading and

Wandering Wednesday #5

Well, we were hoping for rain and it finally happened! Rain provided opportunities for our Kindergarten class to jump in puddles, play with mud, and get nice and dirty! New weather brings new experiences! Today was our first experience taking public transportation to our location.  This week it was the 423 Pace Bus to Erikson

Bridges

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway The World’s Longest Beam Bridge Over Water This week our first graders began their study of bridges in earnest. We began by giving the children some challenges to build a variety of bridge structures with limited materials. One challenge was to see who could make the longest bridge. After some reflecting, the

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

Kindergarten students walking outside during Wandering Wednesday

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!

Kindergarten class play-based learning in Evanston

Wandering Wednesday #1

It was a wonderful Wandering Wednesday! Our first adventure was everything we hoped it would be! We gathered in the morning to greet one another, to talk about what to expect for the day, to use the potty, and to read a book about the joy of being outdoors.  We walked over to Lighthouse Beach

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

Cross curricular learning

Cross curricular learning: Literacy and Math

Math happens at school every day, but I want to tell you about a new way we are building math and literacy skills in the classroom through cross curricular learning. I have been using this daily routine (during the last few months of school) for the past three years with our Early Childhood students. Have