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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A Workshop on Game Theory Introduces us to Mathematical Modeling

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A Workshop on Game Theory Introduces us to Mathematical Modeling

With just a few days of the school year under our belts, we had a guest stop by Long-View and take us through a workshop on a very high level topic: Game Theory.

Dr. James Spindler is a professor at UT in both the business school and law school and holds both a JD and a PhD in Economics. He came to teach us about economics and more specifically, game theory, which is the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation and is used in economics, as well as other disciplines....

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Metacognitive Coaching in Math Classrooms

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Metacognitive Coaching in Math Classrooms

Having been fortunate to observe a variety of math classrooms, especially within the independent school sector, we’ve come to learn a number of things, which we will write about across several blog posts.  Today we are focused on the lack of metacognitive instruction and coaching within many math classrooms.

Metacognition research has assisted educators in changing the way we view learning.  We know high achieving students usually apply metacognitive processes in their learning and problem solving.  And students who apply metacognitive processes tend to be higher achievers.  Recent studies have shown that even young children can apply metacognitive processes when the tasks fit their interests and capabilities.  And any age-related development may likely be due to lack of appropriate exposure in school....

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Long-View + the number lab: Our Business Model

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Long-View + the number lab: Our Business Model

It’s quiet at Long-View with the kids out for summer break, but it is actually a time of intense activity for our teaching team. This is the busiest part of the year for our other business venture, the number lab, which is concentrated on supporting educators and schools working to raise the level of their math instruction. Our work:

  • focuses on the task of building math instruction so as to privilege advanced conceptual mathematical understanding in order to facilitate reasoning;

  • focuses on attempts to design innovative classroom practices that bring the practice of knowing mathematics in school closer to what it means to know mathematics within the discipline.

Herein lies the synergistic relationship between Long-View and the number lab....

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