The last 5 days at the Workshop School? Limitless Possibilities are a Reality

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in General | No Comments

What has happened in the last 5 days at the Workshop School?

-9th graders attended the smash-hit Hamilton . (2/24)
-11th graders professionally painted a car using the latest technology. (2/25)
-Teachers engaged in thoughtful conversations about how to be a caring, consistent advisor. (2/26)
-9th graders designed, implemented, and led a tour of Philadelphia’s Underground Railroad.…

First City-Wide Abilities Panel Hosted at Workshop School

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in General | No Comments

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Megan Hayden and Adin Michelen organized the first School District of Philadelphia Abilities Panel. Ms. Meg and Mr. Adin invited SDP graduates and students to discuss their learning (dis)abilities. Parents, teachers, and students engaged in dialogue about the consequences of being labeled “learning disabled”, and how we as a community can come together to support all types of learners, no matter their learning style.…

Sit down to take your geometry test!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in General | No Comments

Across the city, students may be told to sit down to take their latest math exam, but at the Workshop School, students have demonstrated their geometric acumen by constructing chairs. Students in Mr. Lauterbach’s math class designed and built chairs after studying geometric principles regarding angles and shapes. Instead of proving a theorem with pencil and paper, Workshop Students’ skills were applied first in TinkerCad, an online design tool, and then in the shop.…

HSA Organizes Summer Opportunities Fair

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in General | No Comments

The Home School Alliance organized a Summer Opportunities Fair on February 12, 2016. Over 20 representatives from various organizations spoke to Workshop School students, discussing both paid and unpaid internships and experiences that are available to teens throughout the city. Furthermore, 8 HSA volunteers coached over 50 Workshop School students in mock-interviews that ran concurrent to the Opportunities Fair.…

PhillyGoes2College Encourages, Teaches Workshop School Familes

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in General | No Comments
Mr. Tobias speaks to families about scholarships which help pay for college.

Mr. Tobias speaks to families about scholarships which help pay for college.

On Thursday, January 14th, Workshop School counselor Jere Tobias invited PhillyGoes2College to speak to students and families at the Home and School Association Meeting about how they can start planning financially to go to college. Undoubtedly, there are many complicated forms and procedures for students who are applying to scholarships and financial aid, but the PG2C representative, along with Mr.…

Heard in the “teachers’ lounge”

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in General | No Comments

Well, not really. We have one little office with a six-person conference table. There are fourĀ of us who share it as workspace (including the Principal), but it’s also the place where staff come during prep, and therefore doubles as the “teachers’ lounge.” (And besides, “teachers’ lounge” has certain connotations. Like, for example, the suggestion that teachers are “lounging.” So no, not really a teachers’ lounge at all.)

But anyway, one of the great things about all of us having to cram into this little space is that our conversations kind of smash into one another.…

Writer Dan McQuade Speaks to Workshop Students

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in General | No Comments

On Friday PhillyMag writer Dan McQuade visited Ms. Melville and Ms. Clark’s 9th grade English classes. The freshmen have been studying journalism in their afternoon literacy seminar, and Mr. McQuade generously volunteered to speak to the students about his work as a writer. First, he presented his own journalism journey, encouraging the students to not give up on their dreams, no matter how difficult the market is.…

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

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

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.…

Brightening-Up Science with Solar Power

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in General | No Comments

While many students in Philadelphia are learning about solar power in their textbooks, few are able to learn about it the way Workshop School students do. Currently, the sophomores are studying solar power in one of their project blocks. First, students are learning about the basics with hands-on experimentation. However, after they master the nuts and bolts (or shall we say the rays and volts?) of solar power, they then will be designing their own “wearable technology” that makes use of solar power.…