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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Wednesday, 6 January, 2016 - 5:40 pm

As the first semester comes to a close, students in the middle school are working diligently to complete their first Project-Based Learning project of the year. In their role as game developers, student groups are competing to create content-rich games based on Ancient China in order to teach other students about this exciting time period in a fun and creative way. Games under development include “China to China,” an adaptation of the popular game “Apples to Apples” which focuses on the social, technological, economic and political structures of Ancient China, and “Dynasty Deals,” an adaptation of the game “Monopoly Deals” which focuses on four major dynasties of Ancient China, the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming.

During the process of developing and creating their games, students practised many of the Habits of Mind, identified by Bena Kallick and Arthur L. Costa as the key traits of successful people in all fields. To create interesting, successful games, students have to think flexibly, be persistent, strive for accuracy, and think interdependently. These skill can transfer far beyond the classroom, helping to develop well-rounded scholars who are ready for the challenges of college, career, family and beyond.

Students will be sharing their games with the 4th and 5th graders in an exhibition on campus on January 26th, 2016.

Tanner Smith, Mendel Volovick, and Omrie Ifrach work to cut out their game pieces. In the background, Ms. Goodrich coaches Mendy Suffrin, Sruli Mintz, and Yossi Mahgerefteh in creating question cards. 

Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Upper School Humanities Chair

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