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Hockey makes STEM learning interactive! Posted on Jun 5

Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!

On Monday, May 8th Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director and former player, Bob Sweeney visited Hunking Middle School in Haverhill to participate in a classroom demo and school assembly regarding the Future Goals-Hockey Scholar program.  During the visit, Mr. Sweeney observed students working on the   …Continue Reading Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School Posted on Feb 26

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Creating an engaging classroom environment for middle school students can be challenging. Developmentally, middle school students are at a unique age- one where they often crave the power to make decisions for themselves, yet still need scaffolding and direct instruction in order to make these   …Continue Reading Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency Posted on Nov 10

Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency

A hallmark of personalized learning is individual learning plans and pathways. The first step in guiding every student on a pathway that maximizes their success in demonstrating proficiency over competencies is knowing every student well. A key lens through which we learn about our students   …Continue Reading Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families Posted on Oct 26

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

One of my freshmen stopped me while I was passing out papers one morning. “Ms. Lander,” he said — half accusing, half amused — “You texted my father?!” “I did indeed,” I admitted. And then, curious, I asked, “What did he say?” “He asked me   …Continue Reading Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families