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One nation has recently annexed part of a neighbor's territory, to the fury of its western counterparts. It has also been accused of inciting violence and unrest in that neighbor's eastern half, further alienating other world powers. Sounds like a pretty daunting assignment for most rookie diplomats. But, Whitby School's diplomatic corps was undeterred. It picked Russia as one of two countries that it represented earlier this month at the Montessori Model United Nations middle-school conference in New York City. In addition to the 16 Whitby students who represented that nation, another eight from the school represented Sudan.
Two teams of Upper School students have been diligently preparing "to confidently take action as contributing members of a diverse global community" as they represent the Russian Federation and The Sudan at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) April 2-5, 2014. Students and their mentors will be posting live on Twitter (@WhitbySchool #WhitbyUN), Instagram (@WhitbySchool #MMUN), and Facebook (@WhitbySchool)during MMUN, and sharing their reflections on a new Whitby MMUN Blog.
If you wonder why first and second graders are taking time from their studies to perform a musical, perhaps you just don't know Jack. Through the production of Jack and the Beanstalk, adapted from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhyme, Lower Elementary students not only gained a performance opportunity they have not had before, they integrated learning objectives from the Fairy Tales and Fables Unit. They learned lessons about life and human behavior, how fairy tales and fables cross cultural boundaries and how fairy tales and fables present us with different perspectives or points of view. With the musical as a fun focal point that encouraged broader exploration, students could develop important reading skills, including... CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE »
Whitby's Lower Elementary students (Grades 1 and 2) are currently working on a unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme of Sharing the Planet called Peace on Earth. The students are discovering that peaceful relationships are created through mutual understanding and respect. Classes are engaged in activities and lessons that cover the following lines of inquiry: causes for conflict, human rights and equality and strategies to resolve conflicts. Lower School students have been using the book We Dream of a World, to brainstorm ideas of dreams for their own world and to explore peaceful leaders from around the world and discuss any commonalities, such as similar traits or skills the peacemakers may have had. Students are working on... CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE »
During the Winter Olympics, all eyes were on Sochi. But, here at Whitby in the Design Technology classroom, 6th and 8th grade students were focused on the history of the games and on everything from analyzing the development of athletic equipment to the significant role geography plays in choosing an Olympic location. The transdisciplinary unit of inquiry, "Sports in Technology," threads together humanities and science with design. Whitby's Design Technology teacher, Leslie Perry, explained, "Design touches almost every aspect of the Olympics. From the infrastructure of an Olympic city, to the uniforms, to the equipment...the Olympic games are not only the premiere athletic contest, but a culmination of some of the best design science has to offer." CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE »
Whitby School's Parents As Partners workshops continue this Friday, February 28, 1:00-2:30 pm, with a session on early numeracy and how to develop a love of mathematics in young children. Open to the public , Whitby School's Montessori and International Baccalaureate-trained educators will lead the discussion. As children go about their daily lives exploring and discovering things around them, they are exposed to the world of mathematics. Math can not only be done in the home, but at the grocery store, while traveling, or just for the fun of it. The workshop is targeted at parents with children from 18 months through Kindergarten.


Read the latest commentary on Whitby and education in Whitby's new blog, Whitby Bylines, by Head of School Bryan Nixon.
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Educating the Human Spirit (Apr. 11, 2014)
Last week, based on the experiences of our Grade 7 and 8 students with the Model United Nations, I explored ...

International-mindedness (Apr. 4, 2014)
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A Mathemagical Week! (Mar. 14, 2014)
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Welcoming Warmth (Mar. 6, 2014)
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