I have said many times that my favorite thing about serving as Brimmer’s Middle School Head is the ability walk through our classrooms and witness first-hand the exceptional teaching and learning that happens here every day. The humanities, arts, sciences, and mathematics all play an equally vital in the Middle School, and this is evident when one walks through our halls.
Students in History 6 have begun their study of the five major world religions using DK’s What Do You Believe? After examining Ninian Smart’s Seven Dimensions of Religion, the class began to study Judaism. This week, students explored the story of Moses and the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, which is the basis for the Passover holiday. In preparation for the end of unit assessment, where students will write a compare/contrast essay about two of the religions studied, the class is using selections from Developing Composition Skills: Academic Writing and Grammar to break down the essential components of a compare-contrast essay.
Scientists in 7th grade conducted a lab that focused on animal diet by examining teeth and eye placement in the skull of an unknown animal. Relying on the reading, observations, and the claim/evidence/reasoning framework, they had to determine what the animal ate based on the structure, type, and size of the teeth. Then, using a taxonomic key, students were asked to determine what kind of animal skull they had been given.
As part of this year’s Global Connections unit and in honor of the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday, the 8th grade created skull reflections on glass. By drawing the skulls from observation on the backs of mirrors and then etching away the highlights, students were able to design these eye-catching and light-catching pieces. The final products are on display in the Corkin Dining Commons.