Collaboration at Its Best
At Lincoln School we love to collaborate across curriculums, grades, and ages. Exploring similar ideas, subjects, and themes across the divisional divides provides our girls with a unique learning opportunity. It enables them to experience the perspectives, interests, creativity, energy, and wisdom each grade brings to the table, or (in this case) to the classroom.
So when Grades One and Two, both studying ancient Egypt, got together with Grade Six, also studying ancient civilizations, the sparks flew! The three grades shared their accomplishments and resources with each other, with each grade enhancing the learning experience for the next. Recently, all three grades took advantage of the IMAX Theater in Providence, currently showing the film The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt. They also proudly presented class projects to one another, including boats on the Nile flowing through Grade 2; creating, editing and producing Egyptian magazines; designing Egyptian jewelry; making cartouches displaying hieroglyphics; and much more.
Continuing the collaboration, the REAL Team, founded by alumna Veronica Baron '11, visited with Grade Six last week. REAL stands for Respect, Empathy, Accept and Listen and the goal of the REAL team is to promote a positive school culture through positive peer interaction. Four upper school students, Gabi Levin '12, Elizabeth DiSandro '13, Ibukun Olubowale '14, and Brooke Lundgren '15 spent 45 minutes together exploring the meaning and practical application of the core words in REAL. In small groups, they created acrostic poems and skits, which they ultimately shared with the rest of the class. The positive results of their interaction is already visible, as both younger and older girls have smiled and waved in recognition as they see each other in the hall or lunchroom. The REAL Team plans to work with Grades Seven and Eight as well this year, and they are looking forward to a second opportunity to promote positive peer interaction.
Not to be outdone, two members of the Grade Eleven class also got in on the cross-divisional fun. Addie Bodell and Maggie McNamara visited Grade One to give the Lower Schoolers a glimpse into the life of the all-impressive (and mysterious) Upper Schooler. The "big girls" describe the reason for and result of their visit:
"Every day at lunch we see our first grade teacher Ms. Anderson. On one specific occasion we were discussing how much we missed Lower School and we were invited to visit and read to the first grade class. We met with the Lower School librarian, Mrs. Lenihan, and picked out three great books. We later read these books to the girls and also had a question and answer session with them. They asked us questions varying from whether or not we had boyfriends to if we got homework on the weekends. They guessed that our ages were between 13 and 24, and they were fascinated by our fancy shoes and intricately patterned tights. They all gave us a huge group hug at the end and it was very gratifying to know we had put the smiles on their faces. It was great to see the classrooms and our former teachers and it was hard to tell who enjoyed the visit more, us or the first graders."
We are proud to belong to a community that fosters ties between all our students, no matter their grade or age. The students have taken on the important initiative of weaving together a close-knit school culture, one that embraces all perspectives, listens to all opinions, and, or course, values all ages.