Lab Notes

Student Motivation – Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose

One area where our educational practices often lag behind what we know based on research, is in the area of student motivation. Drive, a book by Daniel Pink, shares a well thought-out and science backed perspective on what motivates humans. This video summarizes Pink’s findings. The core principles that motivate people: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose […]

By discoverylab | January 18, 2018 | Student Engagement Read More

Our Worm Farming Project

Just after the election, the kids were really inspired to do good things for the world and made a list of things that they, as our youngest citizens, could do. They thought of taking care of the earth and pollution.  We picked up trash all over our neighborhood. They thought of helping less fortunate folks, […]

By Jenna Richter | April 4, 2017 | Uncategorized Read More

Art History

This year we have been studying art history.  It is such a rich subject and we have been using math, literacy, technology and art components.  We started the year with Kandinsky.  We watched a video about his life and then we read the book “The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art: The Noisy Paint […]

By Jenna Richter | January 18, 2017 | Uncategorized Read More

Wild Horse Solar and Wind Facility Field Trip

Ever since the election, my students have had a lot of concern for our country.  We have worked on a garbage pick up project and collected hundreds of pounds of food but they still feel worried.   This kind of concern for our world will help them to become advocates for the environment and folks […]

By Jenna Richter | December 9, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More

Food for Families Project

This November we have been holding a food drive for Fish Food Bank in Ellensburg.  As a project based school each project must serve to educate us in multiple subjects. I looked for ways to incorporate the Common Core State Standards for grades K-3.  Kindergartners have been practicing counting by ones, twos and fives and […]

By Jenna Richter | November 29, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More

Our Election Project

We have been working for weeks on our Election Project.  We started out learning vocabulary words including democracy, debate, election, electoral college, candidate and platform. One day we learned about the duties of the president and acted them out. We appointed a new justice to the Supreme Court, had a diplomatic meeting with France about […]

By Jenna Richter | November 16, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More

The Day After

I headed into the classroom today with a heavy heart and the weight of responsibility to help turn fear, sadness and frustration into hope and action. I brought a branch and put it in a jar with slips of paper and yarn.  I reached out to parents and asked them to take a moment to […]

By Jenna Richter | November 9, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More

Greenbow Farm

Friday, we had the priveledge of visiting Greenbow Farm for the first time this year and the last time at it’s current location.  With so many new students that had never been there, it was a joy to see them experience the sights, sounds and smells of the farm. We started out in the hoop […]

By Jenna Richter | October 26, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More

Owl Pellet Exploration

Due to the generosity of our families, we were able have everything we needed to do an owl pellet exploration.  Farmer Christina was able to secure pellets from her farmer friend.  Nurse Hanni was able to get us face masks and Professor Allyson had tiny gloves from the lab.  We are so lucky to have […]

By Jenna Richter | October 13, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More

What Do These Things Have In Common?

Inspired by our field trip to the greenhouse on Friday, I decided to collect some things on my walk yesterday to share with the class.  I thought at first that I would collect leaves to compare and contrast but found such a plethora of beautiful and unique things on my walk I couldn’t wait to […]

By Jenna Richter | October 11, 2016 | Uncategorized Read More
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