On Thursday and Friday, Saint David’s teachers participated in workshops with Mark Church, our learning consultant from Harvard and co-author of Making Thinking Visible. Sessions centered around planning for study units that would incorporate the kinds of thinking we would like to make routine in our efforts to teach for increased understanding throughout the program.
Among the units discussed were a new math investigation in Grade 2, the Nerdy Derby STEAM unit in Grade 3, and The American Revolution unit in Grade 5. Mark also met with individual faculty on a variety of initiatives, such as cultivating thinking routines during research projects in Grade 6. He will return to the school in May for a follow-up session with the participants.
The school began working with Mark Church in 2014, in order to consider ways to further develop a culture of thinking at Saint David’s and has hosted workshops with him each year since.