Students Curate an Exhibit at Troy’s Historical Society

Students look for clues about Troy’s history On December 13, 2012 Parker 2-3’s will be mounting and curating a display at the Rensselaer County Historical Society about the development and transformation of rural, suburban and urban communities.  Their study has taken them on a historic scavenger hunt in Troy, a visit to Hancock Shaker Village, …

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Developing Naturalists and Leaders in Muddy Boots Club

It takes many wonder-filled afternoons in Muddy Boots Club balancing on branches, collecting treasures and making observations in the woods to learn to care deeply about natural science and the environment.  The Muddy Boots program has been extended from Pre K into K-1 and 2-3 this year.  Students spend time on Fridays conducting nature scavenger …

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Learning in nature

Follow me as I walk with the K-1 science class out looking for frogs.  Into the woods and along the sun dappled trail through Fort Ham to the West creek.  Look!  Something hopped!  We found frogs!  We also stood still to see and hear two woodpeckers and several chickadees.  Now we head back to school …

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Active learning

Follow me as I walk with the K-1 science class out looking for frogs.  Into the woods and along the sun dappled trail through Fort Ham to the West creek.  Look!  Something hopped!  We found frogs!  We also stood still to see and hear two woodpeckers and several chickadees.  Now we head back to school …

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Character

Paul Tough argues in his new book that the qualities that predict success are not high scores on tests from preschool to the SAT’s, but skills that have more to do with character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control.  You can read more about his ideas in this NPR article, Children Succeed with Character, Not …

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Bees at Parker

This article appeared in the November 2011 issue of BEELINE, the publication of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association My name is Jamie Crouse and I am an administrator at the Robert C. Parker School, a Pre K – 8 school in North Greenbush, NY.  This past year we have embarked on a beekeeping adventure, sparked …

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