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September 24, 2015
by: Janelle Bane

Trash Talk: Learning to Give (and Receive) Feedback

The second and third graders in Mrs. Pekarek’s class are going to be editors, at least for this hour of class.

This trimester they have been exploring the question: How can we understand where we live through historical and geographical perspectives? Earlier in the week, the class walked down to the Pigeon River to make observations about this wooded area around the school. They composed sentences as a class about what they saw, using descriptive words. Today, Mrs. Pekarek assembled these sentences into a paragraph and put it up on the projector. The class read the paragraph aloud and wondered if it could be even more descriptive.

Together, they decide what makes a good sentence: subject and object, ending marks, capital letters, spacing and descriptive words. This list becomes the criteria they will use for their feedback. Feedback is given in the form of one “I like…” and “I wonder…” each written anonymously on a piece of paper. For example:

“I like that you used the word humongous.”

“I wonder why you wrote that the leaves were beautiful and disgusting. It’s confusing.”

After a few minutes to think and record their edits, everyone crumples up their papers and one by one attempt to score a basket, tossing it into a bin on the floor. Mrs. Pekarek empties the bin and reads the classes’ feedback about the Pigeon River paragraph.

Another important aspect to peer editing is how to respond to criticism. While she is reading her feedback, Mrs. Pekarek asks the class, “Should I get mad or should my feelings be hurt when someone gives me feedback?” The class responds,“No!”  She continues, "I agree. Feedback is something that will help me and my writing.” When someone asks if they can keep the feedback they gave her, she graciously declines. “This feedback is now mine, and it’s very valuable to me because it will help me learn. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.”

With this, the class seems genuinely excited for the prospect of peer editing. In a future class, they will use their own observations to construct a descriptive paragraph that they will submit for peer review.



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September 6, 2015
by: Janelle Bane

New Teachers Get Oriented to the Culture of Community and Learning at Étude

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For the most part, this year’s new teachers didn’t know a thing about the Étude schools before they applied to work here. They saw a post for a teaching position at ESAA, Mosaic or IDEAS Academy and decided to check out our website to learn more. “It’s a bit of a drive, but I’m applying,” recalls Becky Knight excitedly. “I was immediately grabbed by the whole vision.” Rod Stoehr also saw the posting, went to the website and thought it sounded like a great fit. There was something about Étude’s unique learning philosophy, positive environment and collaborative culture that told each of them they belonged here.

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September 4, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

Establishing our school culture

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August 26, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

New ESAA teachers explore Movement and Learning

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August 19, 2015
by: Nina Matti

Kindergarteners Explore Where Food Comes From

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“We really want kids to get that experiential learning,” kindergarten teacher Jodi Kimme said of her students' spring project, building a garden. “That’s absolutely number one....

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August 14, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

The Étude Group At The Levitt Amp Music Series

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The Étude Group will be participating in the August 20th Levitt Amp Sheboygan Music Series presented by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. This is a free, outdoor music series that features local food trucks and national music acts. The evening will feature music performances by IDEAS Academy students, Asiah Davis - Williams, Bayden Dassler, Kelsey Fick, Paris Wolf and Hannah Olmedo from 5:00 - 5:25 p.m. and Drew Fredrichsen’s band The Jetty Boys at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, Étude Group staff and students will lead interactive workshops in poetry, engineering, drama, and more starting at 5:00 p.m. until the headliner begins at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a blanket or chairs and join us on the lawn near our Étude tent.

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August 11, 2015
by: Nina Matti

ESAA Dean and Colleagues Attended Harvard's Project Zero

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“One of the things I’ve been thinking about is how can we help our students get into creative and innovative thinking in ways that they wouldn’t...

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August 5, 2015
by: Susan Grifffiths

Busing available to all interested

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ESAA will be offering busing to and from school for the 2015-16 school year to all of our families living within the Sheboygan Area School District. We have added transportation to make ESAA to more accessible to families from all over Sheboygan. In order to accommodate all families interested in transportation, we have alleviated the living within a 2 mile radius restriction. We will provide two bus routes, a north side and a south side, to keep the student travel times to a minimum.

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July 31, 2015
by: Nina Matti

National Writing Project Puts Teachers in Students' Shoes

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Two Étude Group teachers had the opportunity to expand their teaching abilities this summer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Invitational Summer Institute for theNational Writing Project[http://www.nwp.org/] from June 22 to July 3.

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April 29, 2015
by: Press Release

Étude Group Director selected to participate in WAB Creative Industries Committee

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Madison, WI (April 29,2015) – Ted Hamm, Director, Principal and Founder of the The Étude Group has been selected to be a member of the Creative Industries Committee. The Creative Industries Committee is a board of experts comprised by The Wisconsin Arts Board to guide the Arts Board’s work to serve and promote the creative industries in Wisconsin.

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