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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 3 – Stories and the Structure of the Universe (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 19, 2019—What an exciting day we’ve had! We started the day with a quick recap of Newton’s laws and then turned our attention to Albert Einstein, who build on Isaac Newton’s ideas and even changed them. Our comparison raised the question of whether Newton was wrong in his ideas. We reached a consensus that Newton was...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 3 – Psychology in Action (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 19, 2019—Dear parents, Day three was full of challenging content and insightful discoveries! Our theme for the day was psychological measurement and experimental design. We started the day reviewing yesterday’s lessons by attempting to interpret symbols created by our own researchers (aka their take home assignment from day 1). By varying the number of words in...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 2 – Stories and the Structure of the Universe (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 18, 2019—We started off this rainy day by getting cozy and comfortable to read another chapter of A Wrinkle In Time. We had a fascinating conversation about the role of structure both within the story–within the lives of the characters, in particular–and in stories more broadly speaking. Students’ insights included: – A person’s personality can structure...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 2 – Psychology in Action (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 18, 2019—Dear Media Mania parents, Day two showcased some great ideas! Our day was full of insightful and intriguing questions that really pushed the students, Ms. Emily and Mr. Israel to think hard about symbols. We riled up our researchers this morning with a spirited debate about what qualifies as a symbol. We split up into...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 1 – Stories and the Structure of the Universe (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 17, 2019—What a great first day! Because of the unique structure of this course, we spent some time today exploring and organizing what we know about the idea of structure and about outer space. Students were excited to share their knowledge with each other! We were able to briefly discuss competing theories about the origin of...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 1 – Psychology in Action (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 17, 2019—Dear parents, We had a wonderful first day exploring symbols as a class; Ms. Emily and Mr. Israel were very excited to have the opportunity to work with a new generation of researchers! It is clear that each member of our new research team is coming in with a lot of experience and great ideas...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 5 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 14, 2019—On our final day in Puzzles and Problem Solving, we looked at a couple of gold coin problems where students had a certain number of weighings on a balance scale to try to determine which coins were fake. Students quickly solved the nine-coin problem and set to work on the five-coin version. You would think...

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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 4 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 13, 2019—I was so pleased with the students’ work on the Pirate Problem this morning! This is a problem that my (much!) older students often struggle with, and this class just tackled the issues head on and found a solution, even as they hit a stumbling block right before the finish line. It was amazing to...

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