Science by Design

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Science by Design

Science at Long-View is a dynamic endeavor. Red and Turquoise bands began the year with a study of sound and light waves, and our young scientists could be found with tuning forks, ropes, and flashlights in hand as they created different kinds of waves and observed their motion. In group discussions, learners shared their observations, and debated and iterated their conclusions. Once they understood the fundamentals of waves, the learners designed and executed their own experiments in response to the question, "What happens to sound waves as they move away from their source?" As they designed, carried out, and presented their investigations, these young scientists worked to build skills like procedural design, data analysis, clear writing, mental and physical modeling, and graphing, which will continue to shape their work as they progress through Long-View's science program and beyond....

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First Build Week of the Year: Clandestine Op

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First Build Week of the Year: Clandestine Op

Build Weeks are a part of the rhythm of the yearly calendar at Long-View, opening our schedule up to allow us to dive into special activities and challenges. Build Weeks help us grow intellectually, help us make connections between disciplines, give us a chance to break the “routine” of school life, and give us an opportunity to try new things.

Build Week #5 involved an undercover op led by senior CIA agents but executed by Long-View junior CIA agents. We first found out that our math teacher, Mr. Moore, who is (suspiciously) a very private person, actually had a prior career within the CIA. Because of his prior relationship and due to a particularly pressing problem his ex-colleagues were tackling, a CIA unit based in Austin reached out to Agent Ames (aka Mr. Moore) to engage the Long-View students in an effort to leverage their stellar computer science skills....

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Reflections from Park Time by Elizabeth Bayer Morgan

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Reflections from Park Time by Elizabeth Bayer Morgan

“Turtle,” yelled Esme as she stood with her toes nearly touching the water of Shoal Creek. Avi was standing next to her and held a long stick he was using to point to a rock near him. He yelled, “Right here -- a turtle! Come see!” Greta scampered down the limestone rocks she was sitting on, and William quickly put his sandwich to rest on his bento box as he hopped into the creek bed. The four children stood eagerly watching from a respectful distance as the turtle plopped into the water from his sunning rock. As I watched this scene unfold and the sun shone on us, I realized what a gift these children, and I, have....

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Starting the Year Off Strong in Literacy Block

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Starting the Year Off Strong in Literacy Block

Reading and writing units at Long-View are often intertwined, supporting learners as they develop deep understanding of a particular genre across both domains. For the first two months of the year, learners in Red and Turquoise Bands have working on stretching their understanding of the genre of realistic fiction....

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Working on a Dissertation Structures Grey Band's Literacy Block

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Working on a Dissertation Structures Grey Band's Literacy Block

Our Grey Band is prototyping the next level of the Long-View program this year as we stretch into the middle school grades and iterate from a school for 2nd-5th graders to our ultimate vision of a school for 2nd-8th graders. The vision for the middle grades band, which this year is called Grey Band but also is referred to as “The Loft” because of their location upstairs in the adjacent building, is one of a great deal of independence. We want to see the kids standing on the shoulders of the work they’ve done with us in years prior, able to generate their own ideas, drive their own learning, and produce thoughtful and novel work. We are looking for a new level of agency and initiative over these years in the middle grades, and we are interested in assisting them in solidifying their academic identities around curiosity for challenge, a desire for agency, value of collaboration, and deep and varied interests.

Grey Band’s reading and writing instruction -- often referred to more generally as “literacy” instruction -- serves to showcase all of these goals. The Grey Band Literacy Block is led by Anna Lyon and she has just finished up initiating the kids into the ambitious work they will do this year.

Anna started out by teaching the kids what a “dissertation” is. She gave them some insight into her own dissertation experience and what it feels like to be treated as an expert....

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