As you know, we are creating an Atelier in our first grade class. Our materials are beginning to arrive and excitement is building. You might be asking yourself just what is an Atelier? An “Atelier” (at-el-yay) is a French word to refer to a workshop or studio. It is a place for tinkering
This week the fourth through eighth graders engaged together in an Interim unit focused on the city of Chicago and Black History. The major goals for the project were to provide opportunities for students to collaborate across grade levels, to learn new things about the city in which they live, and to become increasingly aware of the vast contributions from members of the black community.
Often the best way to learn about an experience, or to answer the question, what is it like to be in the 5th grade, is by learning about what fifth graders do. What we do exemplifies the values that we hold dear.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day by exchanging “Mystery Valentine” letters with one another. The letters were filled with fond memories, compliments and short- or long-term observations of the kindnesses or strengths of their partner. The students were so kind to one another. Thus, it was a delight to watch the students try and determine the source of such kind words.
Who’s my Mystery Valentine?
One of the by-products of life in the digital age is that children are exposed to pornography at much earlier ages. While, it may not be surprising to you that most children have heard about sex from somebody other than their parents, internet porn has become more ubiquitous and is shaping how young people think of sexuality, intimacy, consent, and pleasure. While there is a great deal of advice available for parents about site blockers, because of the ubiquity of porn, I want to put forward the notion that talking to children about relationships and sexuality in age-appropriate ways in the best possible innoculation against internet porn.