Teaching Blacksmithing to Middle Schoolers

middle schooler using a forge

When most people think about middle schoolers, the idea of putting them in a room with burning hot metal might seem crazy. Naturally clumsy and apt to distraction, these young adolescents don’t make the primary candidates for learning blacksmithing, a craft in which safety is a must.  However teaching blacksmithing to middle schoolers can be […]

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Why Life Skills are Important?

middle schoolers washing dishes

Recently there has been a lot of recognition of the unseen work of educators. Besides teaching math and science, they also fill the roles of counselors, nurses, and nutritionalists, just to name a few. School is increasingly becoming a place where students learn more than just academics. The reason why life skills are important lessons […]

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Why is Student Led Activism Important to Middle Schoolers?

middle schoolers and teacher smiling at march

If the March for Our Lives rally demonstrates anything, it’s that adolescents are eager to get involved. With estimates of over 200,000 attendees in D.C. alone and countless other demonstrations across the country, it’s apparent that teenagers are excited to voice their concerns about world events. Montessori describe 12-15 year olds as “…naturally drawn to causes […]

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Going Out! is Perfect for Montessori Approach

As a middle school that believes strongly in the Montessori approach, we love getting our students off campus.  Outdoor trips throughout the school year along with the 18 day field trips every spring provide our middle schoolers with natural and real world interactions. However while their away, our beautiful campus with its art studios, prepared […]

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Emotional Lessons on 18 Day Field Trips

several middle schoolers making different emotional faces

Arthur Morgan School’s  18 day field trips make for powerful learning experiences that help middle schoolers see real world examples of what they learn in the classroom. They also learn other things as well.  Here is Rey, a ninth grader, explaining some of the unexpected lessons that come from a long road trip. “At AMS, […]

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Learning through Storytelling

middle schoolers in a van on a field trip

Every year when our 18 Day Field Trips return home, students share their experiences with their peers, parents, teachers, and community members.  Trip sharing is a community event to which all of Celo is invited. It is an opportunity for students to proudly present what they learned while traveling.  It also gives them the opportunity […]

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Why Experiential Learning is Effective

middle schoolers participating in Selma to Montgomery march reenactment

When most educators talk about experiential learning, they typically apply the concept to higher education or work training. They think of experiential learning as a way to prepare college graduates or new hires for employment.  Unfortunately when the term is applied to middle school classrooms, experiential learning usually has a more watered down connotation.  Websites […]

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Why Service Learning is Important

middle schoolers doing service learning beach cleanup

Service learning has always been a part of Arthur Morgan School’s 18 day field trips. Even in the school’s earliest trips, staff and students found communities that needed helping hands. The tradition continues today with the school’s current field trips. Through hard work and new relationships, our middle schoolers are gaining an understanding of why […]

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Getting Hands On with Climate Change

middle school student building a structure with sticks

In most situations if you start talking about the weather it means your have run out of things to say.  For Arthur Morgan School’s Coastal Ecology and Climate Change field trip, however, weather is just the beginning of the conversation. Every spring, AMS sends its middle schoolers out on 18 day field trips.  The trips […]

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Teaching Civil Rights to Middle School

middle schooler reading book

If middle schoolers could learn about anything, what would they choose?  At Arthur Morgan School, we ask our students this question every year. During the 18 Day Field Trip unit, our students help develop their classes by providing input on what they want to learn. Our teachers then create engaging courses and 18 day long […]

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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom

middle schooler using a computer

Technology is a complicated issue for many teachers.  Educational apps, documentaries, and podcasts, provide valuable and fun learning experiences.  However, the frequent use of technology often leads to less interaction between students and may causes a reliance on computers. Just ask any middle school math teacher. The calculator, the most basic form of technology, causes […]

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Developing Decision Making Skills for Students

middle school students and staff talking

Getting students involved in governing their school is a pretty new concept.  In the early 20th century, teaching the concept of democracy suddenly became a global concern. Student councils were one mechanism that emerged, inspired by the writings of John Dewey.  Teaching students good decision making skills and involving them in the running of their […]

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