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Friday, October 21, 2016

Active Learning in Partnerships with Gilder Lehrman Institute and N-Y Historical Society

Saint David's boys are active historians. This is evident through our longstanding signature partnerships with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New-York Historical Society.

Today, GLI President James Basker led a workshop for sixth graders and their parents on "Why Documents Matter." During their study of American history, our boys have access to the treasure trove in the GLI vault where they will analyze and interpret primary source documents, such as Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre.

In Second Grade a historian from the N-Y Historical Society joins homeroom teachers for a series of sessions on the Lenape indigenous people of Manhattan. The boys examine artifacts and, through observance and inference, determine their use.  This week they observed and interpreted the homes of the Lenape.

Using glue and construction paper, they then constructed structures that reflected their understanding of the resourcefulness of the Lenape people.

Active learning is a hallmark of our program. It engages boys more fully, encourages curiosity, and enhances understanding.

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