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Shakespeare Week: 21st Century Skills

A number of researchers, and parents for that matter, are grappling with the effects of screen time on young children. In this day and age, when students are so attached to their phones, it could be more important than ever… Continue Reading →

Leadership Opportunities in a K-8 Environment

A study released by researchers at Syracuse University and New York University, highlighted in this NPR article by Anya Kamenetz, provides a strong affirmation of the K-8 learning environment. The study examined experiences of students in New York City at… Continue Reading →

Banned Books Week & the Survival Trip

September 23-28 is “Banned Book Week” so we stopped by Lee Hall to see if there were any banned books gracing the bookshelves of our Upper School teachers. We had five books in our hands within seconds. “We don’t seek… Continue Reading →

Upper School Retreat: Setting the Tone for the Year

One of the oldest and most enduring traditions, Powhatan held it’s 37th Upper School Retreat at Camp Rim Rock in West Virginia. A wonderful event that encourages teamwork and collaboration through two days worth of fun and sometimes challenging events,… Continue Reading →

Exploring the Wetlands

Our third graders have been studying the importance of the wetlands on the Crocker Conservancy. Students put on their muck boots and waded into the wetlands to discover which plants and insects were thriving in our calcareous muck fen. Throughout our… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Real-world connections enhance learning

Throughout our curriculum at Powhatan, teachers often bring in experts in various fields to spark enthusiasm, inspire students to think beyond the classroom, and show that we truly do learn not for school, but for life. Today’s expert added a… Continue Reading →

Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning (NEAL)

“We had a few amazing days in February that were perfect for getting out to explore the Crocker Conservancy,” said Mrs. Coutts, Lower School Science Teacher. “When it hit 78 degrees on February 21st, fourth grade went out onto the… Continue Reading →

Using technology to tell “The True Story of Balto”

Each year, the second grade classes read “The True Story of Balto” and then research about Balto and his dog sled team, the towns in Alaska, the people involved, and the diphtheria outbreak…

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