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
― Jo Boaler, What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success
On Wednesday, August 17th, we used our weekly middle school assembly to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day (August 15th). Students watched a brief video, heard about India’s path to Independence and then enjoyed a lovely performance by our middle school Teaching Assistants and office staff. Many students and faculty joined in the dancing fun. Check out the pictures and video below!
On the first day of math class, our sixth grade students in Mr. Amlani’s and Mr. Smith’s classes took part in the Marshmallow Challenge. This was an activity for students to come together and create a free standing structure with 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, 1 yard of masking tape, 1 yard of string, and a Marshmallow in only 18 minutes! As the students learned, the exercise really reveals some deep lessons and the importance of collaboration. Here some shots of the students on action:
And here is a great Ted Talk that discusses the value of this exercise:
We are ready to ‘Chart Our Course’ together as a middle school!
We have just completed a wonderful first week of school-year 2016-17! There was lots of excitement and positive energy on the first day. We kicked off the year with a middle school assembly, and our director, Ms. Stern, rang the new year in with an old New England school bell.
We ended the week by celebrating with a full middle school pool party.
This morning at our final assembly of the year, we said “Farewell” to many of our students and teachers. We wish you all a wonderful summer break. And for those departing – stay in touch and best wishes!
You can view the presentation below.
Dear almost-8th-grade students and families,
Friday, May 28th we celebrated our eighth grade students successfully completing middle school. The ceremony was be live streamed and it has now been converted into a link on You Tube:
And here are some pictures of the ceremony. Congratulations eighth grade students!!
Today, our middle school drama classes performed for a variety of students across the elementary and middle school. This was a tournament of sorts, and provided great laughs and fun for all. Check out the great videos below:
Post written by Ms. Vernon, AES Taekwondo Instructor (and 5th grade teacher):
I wanted to update you on the incredible success “Team India” had at the European Taekwondo Camp and Championships in Cascais, Portugal this past weekend. Thirteen of us traveled to represent AES Taekwondo – two black belt leaders – my daughter, Natalie Rios, and myself; and eleven Taekwondo students, ranging in age from 7 to 43 and in belt rank from orange to brown, including two parents and one other AES staff person.
The camp was demanding and strenuous. We trained from 9 to 5 for two days before the actual competition. Feedback from other instructors was always complimentary. Our students handled themselves incredibly well, displaying courtesy, enthusiasm, bravery, and sportsmanship. We definitely have a growth mindset in operation!
For me, the highlight was the demo team competition. There were six teams entered, all comprised of mostly black belts. Their presentations included flips, high level kicks, fast moving weapons, and excellent synchronization. Our routine did not have the technical expertise nor difficulty. What we did have was heart. During our routine, several of the judges had tears in their eyes, they were so moved by the emotion of our performance. The audience loved it. Against the odds, we placed third in the competition and were invited to compete in the finals. We ended up in third place, though one of the four judges voted for us to be in second place, ahead of the polished Portuguese team that recently advanced several levels on Portugal’s Got Talent. We are performing our polished demo for Friday Night Lights April 8 for the AES Community and for the upcoming MESAC opening ceremonies.
Arjun Pandey – First in weapons, second in sparring, third in team demo
Aryaa Pandey – Second in weapons and third in sparring
Amitabh Pandey – First in weapons
Rayna Singh – First in weapons and third in team demo
Alena Singh – First in weapons, third in form, third in sparring, and third in team demo
Mun Mun Singh – First in weapons and third in team demo
Ava Griffiths – First in weapons and third in team demo
Liam Batemyr – First in weapons, second in form, and third in team demo
Esther Rubin – Songahm Spirit and third in team demo
Ananya Balakrishnan – third in weapons and third in team demo
Hardayal Kumar – Third in form, second in weapons, and first in sparring
Natalie Rios – Third in weapons, third in sparring, third in team demo, third in international team sparring
Susan Vernon – Third in team demo and second in international team sparring
Enjoy the photos from this amazing trip: