Mike Levy, Founding Head of the PKS middle school, recently traveled to China and sent us these updates.
Service learning is a core component of progressive education, and being of service to our larger community is a core value of PKS.
Our third graders recently explored symmetrical stitched designs. They began by looking at examples of Chinese embroidery and discussing the intricate designs and varied stitches. With a plastic needle and yarn, students intermittently watched a basic stitch video while practicing on their own piece of burlap.
Our goals each year include problem solving, critical thinking, and improving social skills. We provide ample opportunities for children to do hands on projects, based on their own interests, we provide children with engaging materials, and ask them questions to provoke their thinking.
PKS was invited to present on our Wonder Works program at the 2017 National Progressive Educators Network.
Lenora Chu read to us from her book, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School, and the Global Race To Achieve. She enrolled her son in one of China's elite preschools and her book offers an honest -- and at times harrowing! -- look into the high-stakes, ultra-competitive and test-focused education system in China.
Under twinkling lights and a clear night sky, PKS parents gathered on Saturday for the annual Parents' Night Out celebration. Hundreds of parents filled the school grounds to enjoy good food, wine, and dancing.
Progressive education is built on the premise that learning is an active and inquiry-based process. Understanding is better than memorization, and with this in mind we are excited to share Structured Word Inquiry with our students.
Last week, our PKS first graders continued their discussion on "community." Students read the mini-book I Love My Community and used the Chinese names for libraries, parks, toy stores, restaurants, and soccer fields. The mini-book ended in an open-ended form that invited students to think about what other places could be added to a community to make it even better.
Teachers provided an overview of what the students will experience over the course of the year, including the developmental milestones and expectations for each grade. They outlined the Units of Exploration, and how math, STEM, and field trips are woven into the curriculum.
With the same nurturing and joy embodied in our mission and experienced in our classrooms, we involve parents in the cycle of inquiry through small group activities that provide an experience similar to their child’s.
As a progressive school, our vision for mathematics has many unifying elements. It is our expectation that students look beyond “doing math” to “thinking like mathematicians,” and to see the potential for beauty, fun, creativity, and trans-disciplinary connections in mathematics.
On the first day of school this year, PKS officially opened the doors to our newest building on campus. The Rectory, named after its original use as a rectory by the campus's previous owners, will now house kindergarten through second grades.
Greetings from Andrea Banks and Claire Lingham in the Admissions Office! It is officially Admissions Season at PKS for the 2018-2019 school year!
Wow! What fun it has been for me to greet you and your children these past days! Thank you, xiè xiè, for your warm words of welcome.