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MCDS in Action Blog by Head of School Ben Hebebrand

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Essential Traits of Habit and Mind
When thinking about success for children, some of us may believe that high scores on classroom tests or standardized tests are indicators or predictors of success. In a college preparatory school such as ours, tests do matter—primarily in the sense of offering important feedback to incorporate in an effort to make corrections—and to learn from … Continue reading Essential Traits of Habit and Mind

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Ancient Egypt meets the Laser Cutter and 3-D Printer When first graders at MCDS recently completed their unit on Ancient Egypt, first-grade teachers Julie Rimkus and Amy Maier re-planned this unit they have taught for a few years. Obviously, the craft of teaching indeed is a never-ending cycle with expert teachers always looking to refine or even overhaul their lessons. “We really wanted our … Continue reading Ancient Egypt meets the Laser Cutter and 3-D Printer
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Aristotle and the Internet In the aftermath of the recent U.S. presidential election, the topic of “fake news” has received significant media attention with some media sources claiming that the abundance of fake news on the Internet and predominantly distributed by social media sites affected the outcome of the election. The November 22 edition of “Education Week” reported that … Continue reading Aristotle and the Internet
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Reading in Kindergarten goes interactive with high-tech tools and teacher-student relationships Today, I stopped by both Kindergarten rooms, led by MCDS teachers Maheen Ott and Annemieke Savert.  The Kindergarten students were highly engaged during their Language Arts block due to both interactive uses of technology and interactive time with their teachers—facilitated by our low student-to-teacher ratio of 16 students per Kindergarten classroom. The two Kindergarten teachers … Continue reading Reading in Kindergarten goes interactive with high-tech tools and teacher-student relationships