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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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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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