Teaching imagination and creativity

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in General | No Comments

We all know that creativity is central to problem solving. We know that the ability to think critically and solve problems is critical to students’ long-term success. The question is: how do we teach people to be creative?

Last Friday, Michael Clapper posed this question to students in his eleventh grade advisory.…

A school design thought experiment

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Imagine your school with no curriculum and no roster, no standards and no assessments, just a space where students and adults show up every day. Imagine that the adults are available to the students but make no attempt to organize and govern their behavior, save the minimum requirement to keep them safe.…

The work we do

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in General | No Comments

At our staff meeting this afternoon, we took some time to share appreciations – of the community we’ve created and of each other as individuals. There were many riffs on a common theme: we all appreciate being a part of a community where we can be creative, experiment, and take chances.…

Student voices: Great Opportunities for Students at Workshop Industries

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Max Perez

This year the Workshop School has started a company called Workshop Industries. This is an after school program in West Philly to teach kids real life skills.

One of the many skills is entrepreneurship. A 9th grade student Victor Ginsburg said, “I joined Workshop Industries for the money.…

Student voices: Workshop Community Has High Hopes for March Basketball Tournament

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Giovanni Brabazon

This March, the Workshop School will be participating in a basketball tournament in Delaware to try and bring back a trophy. The players are very positive about the upcoming tournament.

One 9th grade player, Moussa Sidibe, is trusting in his coach’s abilities. “I think I’ll play good because I have a good coach,” he said.…

Student voices: Workshop Students Share Opinions on Police Presence

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Jamell Williams

After the non-indictments in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, students and staff at the Workshop School shared their opinions on the police presence in their neighborhood.

Drina Davis, a 9th grader, shared her thoughts about her West Philadelphia neighborhood. “I don’t feel no type of way about the police in my neighborhood.…

Student voices: Students Host Die-In to Protest Police Brutality

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

by Drina Davis

On Friday , December 5, approximately 75 student and about 6 staffs got involved in a “die-in” at 11 am in the second floor hallway for 5 mins. The students laid or sat on the ground quietly and some also held signs to represent the young black teen that got killed by a white cop.…

Student voices: Students Build Bridges and Community

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

by Mohamede Diallo

During the first quarter, ninth grade students at the Workshop School built bridges out of popsicle sticks and balsa wood. The project was designed for students to understand how to work hands-on in groups and to learn some basics of engineering and design.

Over 75 ninth grade students participated in the project.…

Student voices: Teachers and Students Prepare for Theater Project

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

by Samira Brown-Brooks

Next quarter 9th grade students at the Workshop School is going to be producing a play at a theater called the Bushfire Theater. The school is doing this project to bring out students’ talent and to learn and have fun at the same time.

The project will be funded by a Picasso grant of 5, 000 dollars.…

Student voices: Advisories Redesign Classrooms

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in General | No Comments

By Daniel Watson

This quarter, four advisories from the Workshop School have been working on a classroom design project to improve the way their classrooms look and function.

This project came to life in a meeting among four advisory teacher’s, Ms. Melville, Ms. Mathews, Ms. Pickens, and Dr. Miller. Between these four advisories, that’s about 70 students working on this project.…