Teaching Timeliness…and the Benefits of Arriving to School Early

Teaching Timeliness…and the Benefits of Arriving to School Early

I will admit it; one of my biggest pet peeves is arriving late to a meeting, appointment, or event. It is challenging, especially on these dark mornings, to get out the door to be on time for school, but I try to live by the mantra that arriving 15 minutes early is...
Courage and Self-Advocacy: Take the Plunge, the Thrill is Worth it

Courage and Self-Advocacy: Take the Plunge, the Thrill is Worth it

It’s September, 2014. Student Government elections are just around the corner. Izzy Wang faces a tough decision. Does she take a leap and run for fifth grade representative, or play it safe and wait another year to run. She’s excited about the idea of...
Kindness and Empathy

Kindness and Empathy

Over several years of discussing November’s citizenship theme, “kindness and empathy,” with my seventh and eighth grade students, I have come to understand a thing: kids who grow up knowing, experiencing, and practicing kindness and empathy can sometimes have trouble...
Embrace the Deep Freeze!

Embrace the Deep Freeze!

Returning to school after the December holiday break is never easy. Re-adjusting to waking up before 8:00 AM, packing lunch boxes, combing hair, and finding missing sneakers can challenge our mental capacity following our relaxing, unscheduled “routines” during the...
Science Fair…Engineering solutions for real world problems

Science Fair…Engineering solutions for real world problems

It’s time to start thinking about Science Fair at Shaker Road School. Our science fairs do not resemble the sea of trifold boards, stoically tended by students, that you may recall from your childhood. Inquiry is the focus for our students, as they question,...
Citizenship Themes through the Eyes of the Fifth Grade

Citizenship Themes through the Eyes of the Fifth Grade

Shaker Road School’s Advisory Citizenship Program is at the heart of our social curriculum. During the past decade, we have tweaked, evaluated, and discussed the importance of such a program and its impact on students during their time at SRS and beyond. Over...