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Welcome to the Bixby blog. This is a wonderful way to virtually open our classroom and community’s doors and read about what our teachers have to say about teaching and learning at Bixby School. We also have invited guest blog entries as well as members from our administrative team join in on our blogging. We hope you will enjoy reading about our school in their words.

YAY BIXBY TILES!

Our founders, Pat and Bart, loved teaching math and focused on finding ways to help kids make sense of numbers. Bart especially loved using tools like graph paper, Cuisenaire rods, and money as a way to facilitate this sense making, but he wanted a model that allowed...

A Kindergarten Winter

Winter has brought a lot of fun and joy to the 2016 Kindergarten class of Bixby. Getting decked-out in winter garb is a necessary daily precursor to exploring the chilly outdoors and we have been improving our dressing time dramatically. Each day we get an opportunity...

Reading In Preschool

This month is all about reading and literacy at Bixby. We really enjoy reading to the children. In our preschool room, there are always books for the children to look at on the tables and shelves throughout the class room and children are always encouraged to bring a...

Bixby 1st Graders Explore Ancient Egypt

Bixby first graders have been extremely busy! Over the past few months, they have been immersed in a cross curricular unit about Ancient Egypt. All first grade teachers have been finding creative ways to integrate this topic into their respective classrooms. Finding...

Decorating The Preschool

One job that all the preschool teachers share is decorating and organizing the different rooms of the classroom to correspond with the seasons and student interests.  In the past, we have created winter wonderlands in the lounge with hanging snow flakes and paintings...

Bixby Read-A-Thon

“Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.” –Neil Gaiman   This week, we draw inspiration from the Bixby Read-A-Thon, and pair it with our goals for the spring...

Learning to Work Together – The Science of Collaboration

January, February, and the beginning of March make up Bixby’s science fair season, when 2nd through 5th graders are asked to call upon a variety of skills. They brainstorm, budget their time, and practice the scientific method. They try to measure carefully, learn the...

Ready… Set… Read….

The annual, school-wide Read-a-Thon begins today! The intent of this long held Bixby tradition is to encourage the love and practice of reading. During this month long fundraiser, students are asked to record their home reading on the log that was provided during...

Sorting and Resolving Conflicts

In my blog last month about the wonders of free time at Bixby, I alluded to the learning that takes place not only in the successful collaborations (e.g., building the Great Wall of China), but also in the mistakes and conflicts that arise. One aspect of my role at...

Money! Money! Money!

Money is a fun, practical and real world manipulative for children to work with. The 4th and 5th graders are lucky in that after the Bixby Bazaar, being the upper class students, they are the ones who get to count the change (and it’s a lot!). We spent one week...

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