Notes From The Workshop

First City-Wide Abilities Panel Hosted at Workshop School

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...

Sit down to take your geometry test!

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...

HSA Organizes Summer Opportunities Fair

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...

PhillyGoes2College Encourages, Teaches Workshop School Familes

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...

Heard in the “teachers’ lounge”

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...

Writer Dan McQuade Speaks to Workshop Students

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...

Teaching imagination and creativity

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...

A school design thought experiment

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...

Brightening-Up Science with Solar Power

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...

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