Summer Work & Play at Capitol Hill Day School (Sep2017 Hill Rag)

Summer Work & Play at Capitol Hill Day School (Sep2017 Hill Rag)
Debby Anker

New playground and summer school for teachers!

While over 300 children were enjoying Summer Camp, construction crews were building a new playground and outdoor learning spaces at Capitol Hill Day School, including climbing structures, a play village, water feature, sandbox, art and dramatic play areas, and a sensory garden.

The CHDS program and philosophy emphasize academics and social emotional learning equally, with a particular focus on social justice. Many Capitol Hill Day School teachers prepared for the new school year through professional development aimed at supporting these programs and themes in the classroom.

Four Early Childhood, 5th grade and middle school teachers attended the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT), a five day course connecting DC area teachers to Harvard University's "Project Zero." They practiced building new thinking routines, reflected on current practices, and made plans for classroom implementation using two guideposts: building a culture of thinking, and educating for global competence. Through lectures, workshops, and museum visits, teachers discovered ways to support students in thoughtful learning across school subjects, and in exploring complex global issues through multiple perspectives.

Several after school counselors and classroom and art teachers participated in a six-week mindfulness meditation course to help create a collective commitment to increasing mindfulness practices with children in the classroom. They are collaborating on ways to implement meditation in the classrooms as a way to improve self-regulation, increase attention, reduce anxiety, and generate classroom cohesiveness across the school.

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