Gratitude

Gratitude

"Gratitude is a sort of laughter of the heart that comes about after some surprising kindness." (David Brooks)

We are all used to the idea that learning can improve our minds. However, we may not think as much about an equally important idea - that understanding our own character, and the fact that we all have strengths of character and character traits with which we struggle, allows us to know who we are and how our attitudes impact our lives. One especially compelling trait is gratitude. 

Happy Thanks-Giving! Read about the 5th and 6th grade's study of character.

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Loose Parts - What are they and how do we use them on our playground?

Loose Parts - What are they and how do we use them on our playground?

"The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences." (Loris Malaguzzi)

What is "Loose Parts" play? What are loose parts? How do we use them on our playground? And how is this type of play, open ended and rich with possibility, representative of our approach to early childhood education? These questions are explored in this blog post by Stephanie Davis, a member of our preschool teaching team. 

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And the magic begins....

And the magic begins....

Hooray! A new school year has begun! The quality of work we do in the first few weeks of school will lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning. Classrooms are full of play as teachers observe and interact with students to build strong bonds of trust and friendship. 

Read about how our teachers inspire children in these critical first days to embrace their school experience and become agents in their own learning.

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The Breakwater Youth Corps Summer Season 2017

The Breakwater Youth Corps Summer Season 2017

The Breakwater Youth Corps is an opportunity for alumni, eligible current students and high school-aged students from the surrounding community to work together at Breakwater during the summer to provide service to the campus, develop and foster important skills, and, if applicable, earn a minimum wage income.


Additional information, scheduling details, contacts, and brief history of the program are available by clicking here!

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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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