What do you think about when you hear the word dance? Most likely, half of you smile ear to ear and the other half cringe at the thought. That is pretty close to the reaction our Upper School students have when we announce our dance unit each year.
The first week of the unit is spent listening to music, learning to find the beat and practicing setting each move or combination of moves to an eight-count. Each year, we also study a specific dance style, so students have at least four different types of dance in their repertoire upon graduating.
Have you ever given any thought to how you learn? In social studies, students were asked to complete a questionnaire to see what learning style best describes them. The goal was to provide students the opportunity to reflect and see how they learn in hopes they would use that information to help them study for a test or complete their homework.
A learning style is an individual’s approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses and preferences. And knowing yourself as a learner is important if you want to achieve to the best of your ability. When it comes to processing...Read more
When you hear the word sustainable, what comes to mind? Recycling? Composting? “Going green”? Rossman’s Upper School students began the school year by learning that this word means a whole lot more than that! After several activities in science class, they’ve started to develop a much deeper understanding of the concept. Our staff has also been discussing the meaning of sustainability and how we can more fully incorporate the process of educating for sustainability at Rossman School.
The accepted definition of sustainability is “when the environmental, economic, and social needs of...Read more
When integrated in intentional and meaningful ways, technology goes hand in hand with the 6 C’s of education: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, citizenship, and character education. These life skills are critical for success in our ever-changing world, and Rossman educators cultivate each of them on a daily basis by enhancing students’ learning through technology that is visible in many forms. By giving our students accessibility to technology when needed, we give them a choice in their voice to the world.
An important component of the fifth grade reading curriculum is the book club experience. In the fall, students read one of a selection of stories from Sudan, Mexico, China, Chile and India to help them learn about different cultures around the world. In the spring, they read one of four time-tested novels for their age group that help them understand what it means for a work of literature to be considered a “classic.”
Students are expected to come to each scheduled meeting with not only their assigned chapters read but also their “job” packets completed. At every meeting, each...Read more
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle
What ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed in 350 B.C. is precisely what we aspire to impart every day at Rossman School — a balanced education of heart and mind. Academically, students discuss great literature and history, as well as participate in scientific investigation and collaborative group projects, all which offer rich opportunities to integrate lessons of a parallel priority: the development of strong character. As a complementary social component of character...Read more
In honor of Rossman's Centennial, this year's Rossman Players production, “The Rossman Players Retrospective,” featured excerpts from Rossman Players musicals over the past ten years. With each scene, the cast of fourteen fifth and sixth graders not only revived a chapter of Rossman Players history but also presented the story of a character whose journey leads them to stand up to adversity and discover an unknown strength within themselves. Presented March 14 and 15, the musical revue was a hit with audiences, especially those for whom the scenes brought back memories of...Read more
The quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” can speak to many facets of our education system. Allowing students to have a real voice in their education and bringing it to life can help spark a student’s interest in ways that we as teachers might not have thought. In class, we work on making the lessons fun and engaging, but having the privilege to take students on field trips and allowing them to gain first hand experience on a topic can prove invaluable to the learning and retention process.
A little over two years since its release, Google Classroom has revolutionized education in many ways. Because Google launched the program at a seemingly inopportune time—right at the start of the 2014 school year—I was initially reluctant to implement it without having time to explore it beforehand.However, Rossman’s technology coordinator, Becky Taylor, assured me that it was a very user-friendly program, and fortunately, I decided to jump in head-first, figuring that my tech-savvy students and I could learn how best...Read more
You turn on the faucet and fresh, clean water comes gushing out. Have you ever stopped to think about how incredibly lucky we are to have that luxury? In fifth grade, we have been studying our watershed since the beginning of the year. We recently got the chance to see...Read more