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Powhatan or Hogwarts?

The easiest way to start explaining POSTS and RAILS is to think about Harry Potter. In the novels, there are Four Houses of Hogwarts…

Real World Examples: Watersheds & Flooding

The heavy rains across the region have created areas of significant flooding, including the streams that wind through our campus and the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy. This provided a wonderful real-world example for fifth grade, which has been studying… Continue Reading →

Planting Trees on the Crocker Conservancy

Sixth grade study wildlife at the end of the school year, so Mr. Legge took them out onto the Crocker Conservancy to plant trees. The trees provide food for our wildlife habitat as well as remove some of the invasive… Continue Reading →

May Letter: Dreams for Innovation – The Power of Vision

My letter to you this month about innovation will take a slightly different direction. Rather than share an observed innovative project or teaching strategy, I am going to share a teacher’s innovative vision and the impact it can make on students of today and those of tomorrow.

Wetlands in a Pan

The heavy rains across the region have created areas of flooding, including on the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy (on our campus). Kindergarteners explored the wetlands two weeks ago and learned about the way the wetlands act as natural sponges… Continue Reading →

What does Virtual Reality look like in Language Arts?

The eighth graders worked on a collaborative, virtual-reality based project about one of the novels they recently read during our human rights unit, including Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Unbroken, The Help, and several others. The students were tasked… Continue Reading →

Earth Week Fun: Pre-K Beekeepers

Pre-Kindergarteners have been conducting bee investigations in conjunction with Earth Week. The focus of this study is to address both natural curiosities in addition to a few misconceptions that our Pre-Kindergarteners had about bees. Take a minute to explore the… Continue Reading →

Kindergarten Bug Hotel

Last week students explored the Crocker Conservancy to collect natural materials in preparation to create a bug hotel. Yesterday, as a part of Earth Week, Kindergarteners assembled a bug hotel outside of the Kindergarten classrooms. The bug hotel is designed… Continue Reading →

Lead Learners: We learn not for school, but for life

Here at Powhatan we believe education should inspire passion, curiosity, and creativity. We believe learning should be active, authentic, immersive, and purposeful. We do this through interdisciplinary thinking, technical acuity, collaboration, and inquiry-based learning. In order to continue to challenge… Continue Reading →

Screen Printing Fun

The entire fourth grade is exploring printmaking in Art Class. “Each student in fourth grade designed their own screen. They had the option to bring in fabric items on which to print. The method that we used was to cut… Continue Reading →

Virtual Reality Math: Creativity, Challenge & Collaboration

“We’re studying graphing in Pre-Algebra,” says Ms. Walzak, an Upper School math teacher. “I wanted to take a pretty dry topic and make it more engaging and challenging for the kids. So I teamed up with our technology specialist, Mrs…. Continue Reading →

Virtual Reality Challenge

In seventh grade earth science we used co-spaces web technology and virtual reality glasses to design and explore a realistic Mars colony. Co-spaces is a website that empowers students to become creators and prepare them for the future by immersing… Continue Reading →

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