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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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