Our First Impact Week

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Our First Impact Week

At Long-View, we often consider the messages that children hear in the world, and one of our least favorite is this question:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

While it sounds like an easy conversation-starter, the impact of this question is to teach kids that they aren’t capable of doing anything meaningful until they grow up. Instead, we like to ask our learners:

"What do you want to be or do now? How can you take responsibility for your world today?"

In the interest of empowering our learners to develop their sense of agency, we held our first Impact Week just before Spring Break....

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Bringing History to Life

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Bringing History to Life

“Give me liberty or give me death,” read a large poster hanging on the door of our literacy classroom early this January. We were kicking off an intense study of information texts through an in depth study of the American Revolution. With this rich history content as our kindling, learners dove into reading, writing, and becoming historians like never before....

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Build Week: From Chaos to Constitution

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Build Week: From Chaos to Constitution

Build Weeks at Long-View are a chance to span and expand our academic blocks; they typically focus on one, rich challenge, involve experts from the larger community, and call for higher levels of reasoning and discourse. Our second Build Week of the year concluded last week and was again a huge success. Ultimately, the children followed in the path of countries around the world by writing a constitution, and they did their work by using a new and pretty amazing platform called Constitute, which provides resources and analysis for constitutional drafters in new democracies....

  • The Setting: Keecklah Island
  • Population: 3,856

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Poetry Slam Creates Opportunity For Growth

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Poetry Slam Creates Opportunity For Growth

Slam! Jaws dropped to the floor as Long-View poets took the mic, spouting repetitions, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Delivering wisdom on topics ranging from anger to siblings to politics, Grey Band poets stunned the audience and judges of Long-View’s first poetry slam with their deep reflections, carefully-selected words, and well-honed performances. The slam took place this week at Caffe Medici’s performance space, and the inaugural event was a great success....

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What Our Girls Deserve

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What Our Girls Deserve

Recently, we were reflecting on the progress of one of our students, a girl who is 8-years-old. We began thinking about several other girls at Long-View, and how much each one had transformed during her time at the school. This led us to think back on how each presented as she arrived. For a handful, this was a few months back, and for others was a year or more ago. Each girl had changed in her own way and transformed into an active, vocal, and passionate learner within our classrooms. Each has strong intellectual engagement, tenacity, and an inner strength that raises us all up.

The thing is, if these girls weren’t at Long-View, you’d probably see them meeting requirements and getting by, but the most you’d have to say about each is “she’s fine.” However, “She’s fine” is the problem for so many girls in elementary and middle schools....

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