Seabury Middle School - Digital Parent Night part 2

How to Upload a Math Assignment Using the Google Classroom app and Smartphone or Tablet with Camera Some students are still struggling to post math assignments correctly. This is the easiest way to do it.

Ways We Can Communicate The following video is just a reminder of all the ways you and your student can communicate with us about assignments, worries, concerns, and to get help.

Seabury Middle School: A Digital Parent Night - Post 1

We thought it might be helpful to share some information about what digital school looks like and some tips that might be useful to parents when navigating the at home aspects of digital schooling.

Thank you!
First and foremost, thank you for everything you are doing to help digital schooling run smoothly. We are so appreciative of your communication, your time, and your patience. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so fortunate to be in this together.

How to Help Your Child(ren) Make Daily Schedules/Manage Their Time

1) See if they can do it on their own--this is a great learning experience, and we are here as a safety net. They might have some missed assignments and meetings, but better to learn how to mange their time now than later. They will be okay. We are being really flexible during this transition.

2) They have made the transition pretty seamless and are mostly managing their time well in terms of assignment completion.

3) Google Classroom connects to Google Calendar, and t…

Dystopian Literature

In a recent conversation with a middle schooler about the role of the teacher in a project based learning school, the student said, "So, you are the back seat driver to my education."

The more I think about it, the more I feel like he hit the nail on the head.

As we have worked to make school remote, that conversation has been in the back of my mind. How are we, as teachers, coaching the students to continue being in the driver's seat. What opportunities are we giving them to discover themselves as learners. Where do we need to push and where do we need to let go a little?

Teachers should consider themselves life long learners, and this national switch to digital schooling exemplifies the strength of the teaching community: teachers who love technology have embraced the switch and gone out of their way to provide resources and assistance to novices. Novices have put their toe in the water and slowly waded in. The national teacher community is modeling project based learn…

Out and About in Tacoma: A Recess Walk to the Spanish Steps

At Seabury Middle School, we have the chance to be out and about in Tacoma, and now that spring is springing and the weather is pleasant, we sometimes take walks during recess.

This week, we visited the Spanish Steps, and students asked questions about the Spanish Steps in Rome. Last week, we went to the Bridge of Glass, but I forgot to take photographs (sorry!).

It was a beautiful day for some sunshine. The walks are also a healthy way to add movement into our day and give students space to think and interact outside of the school's walls.

They have the chance to enjoy each other's company,

and talk with their teachers outside of academic contexts.

Model UN Practice: WHO Committee

In preparation for our Model UN conference in just over a month, the students participated in a World Health Organization Committee, representing nations ranging from Japan and China to the US and France. 
Gathered together, they worked to address what the nations of the world can do to destigmatize mental health, working to stay within the mandate of the committee and their nations' policies.
Throughout the process, they also practiced following the rules of procedure and using Model UN terminology.

While we have much work to do to prepare for their actual committee, this first run showed that their public speaking and conflict resolution skills will serve them well.
After a long morning of work and a short afternoon session, the presented a draft resolution that was unanimously approved by the committee.

Recycling Right!

Community experts are frequent visitors to Seabury Middle School. Whether they come as part of a community outreach or are here to help us evaluate student work or to be a real world audience for student presentations, experts are a welcome benefit to learning in downtown Tacoma.

Featured here is Preston Peck who was a recent visitor from the city's residential recycling program. He is a project specialist focused on community education about recycling. He provided our students with a presentation on where our recycling goes, what is safe to recycle, and how recycling is a business that is affected by the community's knowledge of what and how to recycle. We learned how important to the environment it is to sort our recycling properly. Our student's were highly engaged and shared great ideas about recycling now and in the future.

The knowledge and connections students gain from expert visitors, is part of an integral part of the education you receive at Seabury School.

Presenting to Experts: Authenticity when Crafting Fictional Worlds

This week, the middle schoolers had the chance to present their prototype societies to a panel of experts. This process of presenting their ideas and receiving in-person feedback on those ideas is a little nerve-wracking, but the middle schoolers were brave and thoughtful. They confidently presented their societies and fielded a wide range of questions.

We were so lucky to have so many thoughtful and interesting experts volunteer their time on our two days of panels.

Here are the expert's bios:

January 21st
Sandi Wollum
Dr. David Muller I graduated in 1988 from Stanford University with a bachelors in sociology and honors in humanities.  For my undergraduate studies, I had specialized in organizational behavior, thinking that I would go into the business world as a management consultant or advertising executive.  However, my plans were waylaid by an opportunities to milk dairy cows in Belgium and to teach beginning piano in Seattle. Both experiences led me to think that perhaps teachi…