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Issue 15, Spring 2016
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A Journey With Venetia Phair, The Girl Who Named Pluto,
   Jeannine West Paull
A Test That Teaches Trust,
   Don Mackay
Three Inadequacies,
   Mike Amarillas
Does Deeper Learning Make A Difference? Yes It Does!,
   Kristina Zeiser, Mette Huberman, Jennifer O’Day, and Michael Garet
Redefining Well-Behaved In The 21St Century Classroom,
   Sharon Fargason, Melissa Han, and Sarah Imbriaco
Uncovering The Why In The Way We Teach,
   Aleya Cunningham and Roxanne Tuong
The Case For Collaboration,
   Pam Reynolds Baker
Student Consulting Disrupting Student-Teacher Hierarchies,
   Anna Chiles, Ben Sanoff, Chloe Larson, Janie Griswold, and Julia Rosecrans


1: The Haunted Arcade Interactive Halloween Carnival Games
2: Cyclic Machines
3: Syrian Refugee Simulation
4: The Meals and Muppets Project
5: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
6: Coded Structures, Decoded Identities
7: College Knowledge
8: Walk In Their Shoes
9: Mind The Gap
10: Through The Wire
11: Seed Dispersal Challenge
12: Explorers of the World

Explorers of the World

This project introduced Kindergarteners to exploration, observation, mapping, multiple perspectives, critique, and collaboration.  Students took observation walks around our immediate community, a village of seven charter schools within a residential neighborhood.  They created draft maps of their classrooms and campus, and drew pictures from their observations from varying perspectives.  One of their final products was to create three dimensional maps of our campus which were installed in each of our schools to guide our many visitors. To create these maps, children worked collaboratively in groups, and gave and received critique, with each group contributing to a larger whole product.

Teacher Reflection
This was a hard project!  The students had to use a lot of perseverance and grit to complete it.  It was their first experience with critique.The children gained a great deal of spatial awareness by mapping things from multiple perspectives. Often mapping is introduced when children are older, but Kindergarten is a good time to do it because that is when the neural connections for visual processing are developing. They also learned how people use maps in the real world.

Student Reflections
Mapping can take you to a lot of places.   —Arielle
Explorers do stuff in a kind way. —Zynen
Mapping is about being precise. —Aiden
My favorite part was making the 3D map. —Athaniel
The hardest part about mapping was finishing all the drafts. —Chiyo

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