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Change and our Science Magic Camp

The first session of our Wizards of i Summer Series is over and done, both in Reston and Wakefield.  Just as we ask our students to reflect as they grow into socially and emotionally literate innovators, at iSchool we also think reflection on our own practices is important.   Science Magic was certainly full of […]

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Drink Pouch Recycling Results

Results are in!  A few weeks ago iSchool students at Forestville helped the school package and send off used Drink Pouches as part of a TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade recycling program. Students got a tour of the school’s boiler room and weighed the bags of pouches, which have been collecting since October 2013. We thought […]

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Science Magic on the Playground

iSchool for the Future: Where imagination comes to play! This is so much more than a slogan to us, but rather an integral part of our practices, vision, and values.   Play is about engaging the whole mind and body in something fun yet meaningful, all the while making learning effortless and lasting.  We incorporate […]

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Learning from Failure – through games and rockets

iSchool has identified a list of Social and Emotional Life Skills that are essential to success in the 21st Century.  One of those skills is the ability to accept, embrace, and learn from failure.  As adults we know that failure is important to growth and change.  But in schools and as parents we want children […]

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Hands-on happiness at iSchool programs

One of our operating principles is to make each of our learning opportunities as hands-on as possible.  Research backing the benefits of hands-on learning are voluminous and well-supported. (For a sampling, check out this Top 5 benefits list, a discussion of hands-on methods in math, and this scholarly summary.)  What I would add is that […]

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Easy, at-home science: Balloon blow-up

Science isn’t just for science class! Science is simply a way of thinking about life rationally, exploring questions about our world, and being amazed! Make science part of your family’s daily life with these easy at-home activities. Balloon Blow-Up You will be a star when you do this activity for your kids. It’s even good […]

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Embracing multiple activities in class; Data analysis results

This week’s Science Magic class was an interesting one for me, because I initiated three different activities to take place simultaneously.  This was one of my efforts towards bringing one of iSchool’s core philosophies to life: individualized approaches to bring out the best in individual students.  By now, several weeks into the session and towards […]

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