6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

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Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
Norte and Sur Fall Farm Trips In several conversations over the years with our founders Gus and Marty Trowbridge, they described the intent of the MCS Farm as a “social experiment”: a place where children from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds work, play and learn together. The Farm, as Gus put it, is “the great leveler.” On the first seventh and eighth grade Farm trips of the year, seventh graders also experience the Farm for the first time in a mixed-grade setting.  Up until...
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
Research has been a fascination of mine since working on my doctorate at Boston University (and took my first teaching job as the Upper School Spanish teacher at MCS). What Mary and Maiya choose to share is always the most beautiful example of ethnographic research. This definition of ethnography particularly struck me as I anticipate their stories of the first few days in a school year. What is ethnography? Frogs live in the thick of it all, and so do ethnographers, observing daily life and...
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
The theme of the Upper School this year is “turning points and tipping points.” We introduced the theme with our new math teacher, Ava, leading a game with all 84 students on the first day of school. Every student started as an egg. When they encountered another egg, they played rock, paper, scissors, and the winner became a chicken. The process of evolution continued with students playing people at the same level to see who would move further up the evolutionary ladder. Chickens became...
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
Prior to the opening of school each year, teachers work hard to prepare the classrooms for the children. Careful consideration is given to each detail while at the same time the classrooms purposely await the children’s arrival to fill the walls and spaces with their work, their interests, and their connections to the curriculum and to one another. 6-7s’ bulletin boards hold summer stories for all to share. A scaled map of the 9-10s’ classroom has begun to take shape. As walls and other...
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Each year, through the generosity of the families of graduating students, a gift is made to Manhattan Country School. The MCS Farm has been the recipient of several gifts over the years. For example, our “wood-fired” bake oven was gifted by the class of 2011.  This year, the Class of 2018 gift allowed us to build two new walkways, replacing the two worn sidewalks around the farmhouse. One sidewalk is made of poured concrete while the other of native bluestone.  Bluestone is extremely hard,...

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