Using Agile Reflection After 3rd Grade Social Studies Presentations
Academics / Lower School

Using Agile Reflection After 3rd Grade Social Studies Presentations

By: Rosita Darden, 3rd Grade In third grade, students continue to learn about their communities and the world around them.  Two of the Social Studies standards are for students to be able to: Identify the five regions of the United States Label each state with its capital We used informative text, color coded maps, student-made … Continue reading

Free Your Mind: Educational Agility in a Modern World
Academics / Middle School / Upper School

Free Your Mind: Educational Agility in a Modern World

By Jacqueline Westerfield, Grandview Preparatory School, Head of School Our world is changing by the second. Each day, we race to catch up with mounting responsibilities, media streams, and new projects. As a school leader,  I recently joined colleagues from across the globe at Columbia University to work extensively on exploring one big pressing question: … Continue reading

The Making of a Lower School Agile Classroom
Academics / Lower School

The Making of a Lower School Agile Classroom

Grandview Preparatory School recently welcomed some wonderful guests to our campus for a few days of educational empowerment. John Miller, the pioneer of Agile Classrooms, led a 3-day training for our students and teachers in 21st century learning. He brought along some wonderful colleagues (and a camera crew too) from the Scrum Alliance to our campus in Boca Raton. Continue reading

The Beauty of Boredom
Academics / Lower School / Middle School / Upper School

The Beauty of Boredom

Another reason parents often allow their children time on digital devices is because it fends off boredom. But, are we looking at boredom all wrong? During brief and prolonged periods of boredom and daydreaming, creative ideas are born. We should be rejoicing when our kids say they are bored and then leave them to figure out what to do next. Continue reading

How Agile is Grandview?
Academics / Middle School / Upper School

How Agile is Grandview?

By, Susan Botts Rose, Ed.S., Learning Specialist at Grandview Preparatory School The dictionary defines ‘agile’ as: quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe. Now I realize the word has so many more meanings. If you’ve heard anything about the Agile method, you might remember it was originally started as a process to help software engineers work more productively. It … Continue reading

OMG- I Got a B!
Academics / Lower School / Middle School / Upper School

OMG- I Got a B!

By, Susan Rose When parents are asked what they wish for their children, their answers are usually something along the lines of health, happiness, independence and success.  We don’t typically answer, “straight A’s on report cards”, yet grades can cause a lot of tension among families during the formative years of our kids’ childhoods.  Is this … Continue reading

A Magical Update from Grandview’s Harry Potter Class…
Academics / Middle School

A Magical Update from Grandview’s Harry Potter Class…

We started the semester by studying the magical events that lead Harry Potter and his friends, Ron and Hermione, to find the Sorcerer’s Stone in our very own version of Hogwarts Castle. The testimony of those who were originally involved in the plot is confidential (due to a potential “Ministry of Magic security risk”), so we screened the film to kick off our first fact finding mission. Our class then spent significant time discussing the details of the story and after, wrote our own exceptional cinema critiques. Continue reading