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Build Week 9: An Enriching Endeavor

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Build Week 9: An Enriching Endeavor

Build Week 9 began with an unusual sight: two yellow school buses parked outside of Long-View. The kids arrived bundled up for the sub-freezing weather and brimming with guesses about where the buses were headed. But the tight-lipped teachers weren’t about to let the cat out of the bag. Instead they ushered the kids inside to find the lanyards designating their team names.

Moxie, Peepers, Pogo, Karma, Curly, Chico...

The team names were about as uninformative as the teachers! Only when the kids disembarked the buses at the Austin Nature and Science Center did the meaning of the team names become clear. ANSC offers nature-related programs and services for Austinites, human and animal alike! One component of their work is to rescue injured, disabled, and imprinted animals who are unable to survive in the wild. As we visited these critters’ enclosures, each team discovered the meaning of their team name….

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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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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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Reading and Writing Workshop Off to a Great Start

Reading and Writing Workshop Off to a Great Start

We have had a  wonderful start to the year in literacy and are excited by what our readers and writers will accomplish this year. Our literacy block consists of reading and writing, and we use a workshop format to teach both. We stand on the shoulders of the great work of Teachers College Reading and Writing Project out of Columbia University to inspire us and inform our practices. This organization has an amazing research base and a strong focus on helping kids do the work of real readers and real writers.

This last week students have been learning about how workshop goes, as well as why we use this practice. They have settled in nicely, reading intently in books of their choice throughout our first hour and then generating ideas and writing furiously in their writers' notebooks (or on chromebooks) while in writing workshop....