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November 22, 2013
by: Kimberly Johnson

Learning Spaces: ESAA's second and third graders map new campus

Challenged with the task of creating a tool for new students and families to navigate the Pigeon River Elementary School campus, students in ESAA’s second and third grade classes engaged in an in-depth exploration of their physical learning spaces and an authentic, collaborative map design process.

The design process started with a gallery walk. Students studied a variety of maps, using the See. Think. Wonder. thinking routine to begin defining the parts and purposes of maps. With this information, students set out to carefully observe their environment, capturing the most important details of spaces, boundaries, landmarks, and populations. Students developed and used symbols to scale details on a physical map of the large outdoor spaces, and they applied similar representation skills when they took a “step inside” the classroom and turned the space into a map with a compass rose, title, and key.

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Another dimension of the exploration phase involved looking into the history of maps. Students discovered that some maps used to be made of clay. They then tested this medium by following a salt dough recipe and working with this ‘clay’ to create a map. Although there were many limitations, students connected this creation experience to the gallery observations of paper and digital maps. They then made conclusions about maps as both necessary, complex tools and as works of art. "When I was little, I always thought maps were just maps. Now I think differently. I think that maps are really interesting," reflected Lucy, a second grade student.

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Students worked in small design teams for the final creation phase. Motivated by their responsibility to new students and families and armed with the observations and experiences of this unit, teams worked as problem-solving and map-making professionals. Third grade student, Marisa, shared her experience: "I liked that we worked together to make our map. I don't like that we made a mistake on it, but I did like that we were able to fix it as a group."

Students made proposals, drafts, critiques, and revisions with little direction from their teachers. Second grade student, Cate, said that one of the reasons she liked building the maps was because of the hard work it required.

All of the designs used innovative designs to represent the boundaries, spaces, and populations surveyed by the class: Visit our Google+ page for more images from this unit.

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September 25, 2013
by: E. A. Brown

School Report Card

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We are excited to share that this past school year has been critical as we worked to prepare our students for a world that requires academic knowledge along with critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills, collaboration skills and communication skills. The development of a well-rounded curriculum requires a balance between learning and applying knowledge. We were able to take this step forward with our projects as a tool to have students synthesize the content they are learning.

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September 2, 2013
by: E. A. Brown

Presentation of Learning

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Children learn in many different ways and every child learns through varied and multiple paths. ESAA engages children with innovative, team-based teaching and the seamless integration of the arts with academics. At ESAA, children learn to see the world in new ways, are encouraged to think deeply about it and wonder at its endeless possibilities.

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May 8, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Opportunities for Improvements on the Farm

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In the days after spending a day at Higher Ground Farm, kindergarteners identified 12 things that were either problems during farm chores or chores that could be made easier/more efficient.

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May 7, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Henning's Cheese Factory Tour

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ESAA kindergarteners spent the morning at Henning’s Cheese Factory learning about how cheese is made and the variety of cheeses that are made while touring the...

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April 30, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Kindergarten at the farm

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ESAA’s kindergartners spent today learning at Higher Ground Farm in Plymouth.

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April 25, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Lead, Soil, Sawdust Exhibition of Learning

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This Project-Based Learning unit focused on three of Wisconsin's Industries. The unit started of with a Feel - Think - Wonder prompting students to consider the...

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April 24, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Culture of Thinking, part 2 - Evenings at ESAA

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ESAA families gathered in the Rush to Rest gallery at the JMKAC to participate in an observation of art with the use of thinking routines.

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April 22, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Evenings at ESAA: Part 2

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Join us at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to observe art through thinking routines.

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April 20, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

STEM Sail Project

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The STEM Sailing project kicked off on Friday with a presentation from a man that has traveled the world pursuing his dreams.

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April 16, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Culture of Thinking - Evenings at ESAA

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On Thursday April 9, we held our monthly session of Evenings at ESAA. The focus of this month was on Cultures of Thinking.

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April 16, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Tour the Pigeon River Campus!

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On Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m., parents of ESAA students will have the opportunity to tour the Pigeon River Campus where ESAA will be located...

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April 12, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Non-academic Time at ESAA

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A common misconception is that our Project Based Learning (PBL) time is not academic time. The highest level of learning is the ability to demonstrate understanding...

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April 10, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

ESAA Relocation to Pigeon River Campus Letter

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In the weeks ahead The Étude Group Governing Board, ESAA Administration and the ESAA School Design Team will work to ensure the transition to the Pigeon...

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April 9, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Final Decision on the Proposed Move of ESAA

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At tonight's Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved the EMT's (Executive Management Team) original recommendation presented on March 19, which was to close Washington School...

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April 5, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

We Need Your Help

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Please help us gather information on the potential move of ESAA to the Pigeon River campus.

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April 3, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Board of Education Community Input Session

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The SASD Executive Management Team (EMT) reviewed the recommendation made to the Board of Education regarding Washington School.

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April 3, 2013
by: Elizabeth Beattie

Proposed Move Update

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The Executive Management Team’s (EMT) original recommendation is still on the table, and EMT continues to support the initial recommendation as the best option.

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April 3, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Proposed Move - 4/8 Special Meeting for ESAA Families

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On March 22 Elizabeth Beattie and Ted Hamm held a special meeting to speak with parents regarding concerns and ideas about the potential move of ESAA...

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January 30, 2013
by: Emily Pugh, Etude Studios Intern

Health and Wellness

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ESAA first grade class explored the importance of health and wellness and the affects it has I on the individual, the community and the world.

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