Head of School at Poughkeepsie Day School
Today is back-to-school day for the faculty at PDS and today we are launching Project Innovate: Five Teams with a Mission. The faculty were invited last June to sign up for cross divisional teams loosely organized around five major and interconnected themes: Cultural Competency I Digital Citizenship I Learning and the Brain I Project-Based Learning I Wellness There was no […]
Check out this terrific film made by Erica Enriquez created in 2013 while in her sophomore year in high at Poughkeepsie Day School. It’s about New York state’s standardized testing system, in comparison to Piaget’s theories regarding the cognitive development of young children. Thinking Outside the Bubble from Erica Enriquez on Vimeo.
The final project for the eleventh grade drama class was the stage presentation- directed by Laura Hicks – of American Life – scenes from the plays of David Auburn, Eugene O’Neill, Jane Martin and Wendy Wasserstein.
The strategic planning process to date has primarily been one of listening and paying attention. When we look at the comments from the parent and faculty surveys and the listening sessions we are struck by the thematic congruity. One thread – woven throughout – can best be summed up as Learning by Doing – a […]
<img style=”cursor: pointer;” alt=”” src=”http://bp0.blogger.com/_sTvHtDRhr5Y/Rt33FXbwviI/AAAAAAAAB5A/QLnHIds6iqs/s320/P9044991.JPG” border=”0″ /> It was the first day of school for ninth grade, fifth grade and all students new to Poughkeepsie Day School. And the buildings were buzzing. The younger children found new toys and places to play and work. And all of them met their new teachers and learned more […]
It was University of Toronto English professor Marshall McLuhan who predicted universal connectivity. Listen to this archival interview from April 1965 where he predicts a future for education saying that: “in the future people will no longer only gather in classrooms to learn but will also be moved by “electronic circuitry.” How far are we […]
span style=”font-family:Verdana;font-size:100%;”>I learnt to use paint, calculator, see various places through the Internet, solve puzzles, play games, listen interesting sounds and songs. (T.R. Ravi, age 12, Kalludevanahalli kiosk, Karnataka, India) Back at the dawn of time (well, 1993) Seymour Papert* named the computer the “children’s machine”. India’s “hole in the wall” experiment goes a long […]
Graduation was on Wednesday and all the students were gone by the end of the day. And then the rains came and the leaks in Gilkeson began. An investigation of the roof indicated raccoon damage – teeth and claw marks. All fixed now. These pictures are of a raccoon on the Kenyon House roof this […]
“To succeed…it’s the fire within that must be lit.” Purpose, mastery, autonomy (mission not money as motivation.)
“Our children, every day, come to school and spread their dreams at our feet. We should tread softly.” Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken Robinson from NYSCATE on Vimeo.