Capstone Projects 2017

Capstone Projects 2017

The Capstone Project is a year long process in which Breakwater's 8th grade students pursue independent research on a topic of their choice, produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the subject, conduct a visual and oral presentation before an audience, and, with the guidance of faculty and community mentors, complete a product inspired by their topic and a gift to the school from which they will soon graduate. 

Read more about Breakwater's Capstones, project topics, thesis statements, and upcoming events through which you can support our 8th grade researchers….

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First and Second Grade Heroes

First and Second Grade Heroes

What makes a hero? In a months long integrated unit, first and second graders collaboratively defined heroes as “people who change their world and community”. The children chose individuals to study that ranged from human rights activists, to politicians, environmentalists, entertainers, a sports legend, a theoretical physicist, a high-wire artist and more.

Read about our student's investigative process and research, and see images their Hero Trading Cards here...

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Method, Uncertainty & Thinking: A Visit from Dr. Beal

Method, Uncertainty & Thinking: A Visit from Dr. Beal

What kind of evidence does one need to gather in order to be scientifically ‘certain’ that something is true? Can one always be certain? 

As part of an investigation into scientific method, uncertainty, and thinking, Breakwater 5/6 students received a visit from Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Maine Machias and nationally recognized scientist.

Denny Church, Breakwater Grade 5/6 Associate, writes about it…

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Faculty PD: Inquiry, Discovery and Skill Building in Math Education

Faculty PD: Inquiry, Discovery and Skill Building in Math Education

Good instruction provides for the learning of math facts and skills, and fully understands that to use those skills learners require the conceptual understandings, mindset and character traits that are built from emergent, curiosity-led, authentic explorations. Breakwater teachers bring this understanding to our classrooms everyday, and are excited and committed to better refining our approach. Read on to learn more....

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PD: Supporting Cultural and Gender Diversity

PD: Supporting Cultural and Gender Diversity

Breakwater believes that the diversity of our school community enhances our ability to implement our Mission. We are fully committed to developing a continual, productive dialogue that encourages students and faculty to talk openly and effectively about complex, sensitive and sometimes difficult issues. To open an intentional dialogue around how teachers and administrators actively acknowledge and support each child, faculty recently engaged in two professional development trainings around culture and gender diversity.  Read more...

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Our Toddlers are Growing... and so is our Program!

Our Toddlers are Growing... and so is our Program!

In response to the growth of our exceptional program and the needs of our community, Breakwater's early childhood division will add a second toddler classroom for the 2017/18 school year! Grounded in intentional, integrated and research based teaching, Breakwater’s toddler program guides young children through play based, emergent curriculum rooted in a celebration of the natural world. This is the "Breakwater Way" for our youngest friends. Read on for more information about our program and application instructions…

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Learning Through Meaningful Experience

Learning Through Meaningful Experience

Experiential learning integrates the classroom and the real world. Our programs optimize student engagment through immersion, helping children feel the learning experience is truly theirs to own. Breakwater’s overnight field trips, a yearly opportunity provided to students in grades 3-8, provide children with deep, meaningful experiences with the outside world and their peers, as well a invaluable information about themselves. Watch the grade 3/4 video of their recent overnight adventure and read more.....

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Earth Week: No Child Left Inside

Earth Week: No Child Left Inside

At Breakwater, we go outside. A lot. We understand that children need access to nature the same way they need good nutrition and adequate sleep. During Earth Week we bring children in purposeful and playful contact with the natural world, inspiring them to listen, look, question, feel, guess, discuss, and love the things they find all around them. Lots of photographs of the week's adventures...

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