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Friday, October 12, 2018

BB&N Faculty & Staff EdCamp is Well Received

On October 9th the faculty and staff participated in an "EdCamp" which is a participant-driven model of professional development. Members of the faculty and staff offered a variety of sessions for colleagues to attend. The tech department hosted several sessions including this one on fun favorite apps, and others on project-based learning and virtual reality.

There were also sessions on meditation, woodworking, clay, and even a drum circle hosted by BB&N's own Greg Fernandes.

This was the third time that this style of professional development was run at BB&N, following on the heels of edcamps run in 2015 and 2016. The survey data continues to indicate widespread satisfaction with this choice-based, participant-driven approach to PD.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6th Graders Create Novel Displays

Ms. Huff's sixth grade students were challenged in small groups to create a way to display important parts of the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. Each group took their own path on this challenge to bring to life an aspect of the novel. Students used the Design Thinking Process to generate an idea and guide them through the creation stages. They used various materials and tools available in the LS MakerSpace, ranging from hot glue guns, pom-poms, LED lights, laser etched images, and the 3D printer.