EDUCATION MATTERS—SANFORD SCHOOL'S PRIVATE SCHOOL BLOG

Learn more about current school issues and trends from Sanford School’s educational experts.  Sanford’s blog is sure to help you navigate your child’s educational journey.

Authored collaboratively by the faculty of Sanford School

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The faculty at Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware, are no strangers to working collaboratively in their planning, their teaching, and in their own on-going learning. The faculty’s average tenure is 12 years, and 58% hold advanced degrees. Many have received summer study grants to be at the forefront of incorporating new strategies and innovations into their teaching.

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Experiential, International Learning

Posted by Authored collaboratively by the faculty of Sanford School on August 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM

 

Sanford Travel Through Photos

Sanford Middle and Upper School students have the opportunity to travel abroad with teachers and classmates over spring or summer break. Take a look at our gallery below to learn more about these experiences.
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Topics: Education, Community, Diversity

STEM! STEAM! 21st Century!: The ABCs of Educational Buzzwords, Part 2

Posted by Authored collaboratively by the faculty of Sanford School on January 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM

As in many industries, trends in education come and go—sometimes quickly. Each trend often comes with its own acronyms or new educational buzzwords to describe specific types of teaching and learning. This can be overwhelming to parents who are trying to evaluate school options for their children. Sanford School’s faculty members have devised a “cheat sheet” incorporating their own observations to help you work your way through the current lingo.

Higher-Order Thinking Skills:

Higher-order thinking skills include critical, creative, logical, metacognitive, and reflective thinking skills that allow students to learn, improve their learning, and prepare them for the future. Teachers model these skills in lessons in order for students to construct these skills necessary for success. Some teaching models are Bloom's Taxonomy and Marzano's Dimensions of Learning.  

“I try to get students to use their higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) every class period. Be it a lab, research, 3-D design, or printing, I always answer a question with a question. What do you think? Tell me what you know. Why won't I tell you the answer? If a student is truly lost, I will ask guided questions to lead them to the answer they want.”

Makerspace

A makerspace is a learning space with the tools, equipment, and space for creative, collaborative teaching. Tools can be a mix of high tech (3D printers, laser printers) to low tech (LEGO bricks, recycled materials). It provides students a place to brainstorm, try, fail, and problem solve. Lessons are typically project- or problem-based and include the following stages of the design process: Ask, Imagine, Design, Build, Evaluate, and Refine.

“Complete creativity should be encouraged without the stress/pressure of a grade.”

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STEM! STEAM! 21st Century...The ABCs of Educational Buzzwords Part 1

Posted by Authored collaboratively by the faculty of Sanford School on January 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM

As in many industries, trends in education come and go—sometimes quickly. Each trend often comes with its own acronyms or new terms to describe specific types of teaching and learning. This can be overwhelming to parents who are trying to evaluate school options for their children. Sanford School’s faculty members have devised a “cheat sheet” incorporating their own observations to help you work your way through the current lingo.

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Topics: Education, Academics, STEM