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Making Our Work Public

Next week is a big one for both Paulo Freire schools. The end of semester brings with it the public exhibition of student learning – a time to learn from each other, assess our work and celebrate our collective efforts.

In his blog, educator Eric Williams lists reasons for exhibiting student work: to increase student engagement, to increase student learning of content, to promote a shared instructional vision among staff, to develop parent ownership of an instructional vision and finally, to experience the joy of teaching and learning.   Exactly!

So while we know that it is a busy time of year, we hope that you honor our young people (and their teachers!) substantial effort and bring family and friends to these three events:

ClimateTuesday, December 15th 5:30-7:00 p.m. at PFFS-Downtown: An Evening of Climate, Science & Theater. In the great American tradition of the Chautauqua, in Act I students will first present talks on the science of climate change and then for Act II students will perform dramatic monologue representing contrasting voices from the future. Intentionally planned to coincide with the global climate change talks currently happening in Paris, COP21, this work could not be more timely or relevant.

Wednesday, December 16th 5:30-6:30 p.m. at PFFS-University: A Holocaust Museum: Tributes to Resisters and Rescuers. World War II and the Holocaust are part of our social studies 8th grade standards. Borrowing from the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, this exhibit uses altars and obituaries to honor individuals who heroically fought against the Nazis to save persecuted people.

Thursday, December 17th 8:30-9:30 a.m. at PFFS-Downtown: Spotlight and Showcase of Students’ Passion/Impact Projects. Students who have been working all semester on a passion or impact project will have the opportunity to highlight their learning and products (some which are complete, some are works in progress) with their peers and families through a new format we are calling Spotlighting and Showcasing. A handful of students whose work represents a significant effort and accomplishment will first be “spotlighted” at Morning Meeting. At 9:00 we will transition to our normal classrooms for a science-fair like setting so that all passion/impact project students will have a chance to share their work with others. To learn more about the philosophy behind providing time in school for our students to develop their passions through independent projects see: Passion Projects – Letting Students’ Interests Flourish!

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