The AES Middle School Math Team, parents and students enjoyed a wonderful ‘Family Math Night‘ on Tuesday, September 6th. Students and parents had fun opportunities for their brains to grow as they engaged in puzzling about math together.
“The researchers found that when students were given problems to solve, and they did not know methods to solve them, but they were given opportunity to explore the problems, they became curious, and their brains were primed to learn new methods, so that when teachers taught the methods, students paid greater attention to them and were more motivated to learn them. The researchers published their results with the title “A Time for Telling,” and they argued that the question is not “Should we tell or explain methods?” but “When is the best time do this?”
― Jo Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
On December 5th, Briar Chatterjea offered a wonderful experience for AES families: an interactive dance workshop/performance.
Parents and students danced to bring the magic of the Nutcracker Alive @ AES. They drifted and swayed like a snowflake to Tchaikovsky’s score. They skittered, slashed and saluted in the battle of the mice and soldiers.
The AES Nutty Nut Family Dance reflected our community with a Bollywood piece offered by HS Dance Reach Out with our Vivekenand neighbors and more.
Today at our middle school assembly, and last night at the community presentation on Earth Day, Dr. Marcus Eriksen raised our awareness about a serious threat to our waters – microbeads!
Microbeads are used in facial cleaners and scrubs to help exfoliate skin. These face cleaners include small plastic microbeads, that are then washed down our drains and out to sea. The good news is that there are non-plastic products you can purchase and it really does make a difference. Click here
for more information from the 5 Gyres website and science study.
The video above shows Dr. Marcus Eriksen showing how to test a facial cleanser for microbeads. We would like to encourage you to look through your cupboards at your cleansers. If you find microbeads in a product at your home, send that product in to the MS Office – Dr. Eriksen is collecting these and will find a way to dispose of them safely.
And here are some of our students and faculty taking part in Dr. Eriksen’s campaign:
On Wednesday, Catherine Brown hosted a parent coffee to outline the ideas of the Nurtured Heart Approach.
The Nurtured Heart Approach transforms young people and their families through directing energy towards skillful, positive coaching towards success. We learn to build confidence and motivation through explicit acknowledgment of our children’s efforts and mentoring them to ever-higher levels of achievement. The approach unveils the true reasons behind misbehavior and negative attitudes, and addresses the choices youth make on a subconscious level.
Although developed to succeed where so many programs fail with young people with intense energy, the approach is also effective with anxiety, low self esteem, and other emotional challenges children experience in their lives.
Catherine’s Nurtured Heart Presentation, November 6, 2013
The EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher held a Parent Coffee on Friday morning. Here is the presentation that they gave.