Lower-school teachers were busy this summer. In addition to resting a bit they ran summer camps, studied, taught and travelled near and far. Their adventures also included professional development sponsored by PDS. They attended STEM to STEAM offered by NYSAIS (NY State Association of Independent Schools) Edcamp Hudson Valley hosted by PDS for educators from all over the Hudson Valley, Responsive Classroom (Northeast Foundation for Children), TPRS –Total Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling and Mindfulness training.
Last week classroom teachers participated in a two-day math workshop on campus. We are adding some new materials to our teaching tool chest this year. Sally Borduin, math specialist from the Bank Street School for Children, guided us in exploring the ways we can incorporate aspects of Investigations in Number, Data and Space (developed by TERC in Cambridge, MA) into the varied menu of methods and materials we use to help students develop mathematical thinking. Individually and collectively, these efforts will bring an enriched vitality to our work with the children.
The photos show teachers collaborating and brainstorming about ways to engage students in mathematical thinking.