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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.

How Math Explains Our World

Earlier this week I met a Bixby alumna, D, who graduated from Bixby in 1989. 30 years later, she came back to explore Bixby for her own child! It is always great to meet with alumni and learn about their experience - what has been true about Bixby for...

Why is Unstructured Play Crucial?

Several weeks ago, Julie Layne (1-3rd grade math) shared an online article with me about the value of play, and in particular unstructured play.  The article, “Why is Unstructured Play Crucial” effectively describes what is play, why it matters and what it...

Where Did Your Bixby Questions Lead You?

Abby McLelland, a Bixby alumni asked this great question at a small gathering of alumni and parents of alumni,hosted by the Pizzi family. It is such a powerful question because it captures perfectly what most commonly defines Bixby students and alumni....

Is A Private Elementary Education Worth It?

Is a private elementary education worth it? It’s a question that I hear from time to time and one that I have had to ask myself.   Recently I had a chance to talk about this with a friend, Emily DeVoto, a former Bixby Trustee and parent of two Bixby alumni...

Is Creativity a Skill?

Can it be taught, improved, measured, and defined? Creativity is a focus at Bixby so these questions occupy my thoughts often. This recent article offers various perspectives on these questions. Much of what I read resonated with me and the way we approach...

Students Learn From People They Love

“Students learn from people they love”, the title of this Opinion Column in last Friday’s New York Times describes well what a Bixby education is all about – fostering meaningful and positive relationships for students with adults, peers and - most...

Why Don’t We Have Grades At Bixby?

At schools across the country, December typically marks the end of a semester. A time when teachers often give out mid-year grades to their students. This opinion piece in last Sunday’s New York Times offers a compelling perspective on what grades do and...

WHY is there swimming at Bixby?

Early in our school’s history, Pat and Bart would take students to Scott Carpenter pool to swim. They noticed that students were better able to focus and participate in school activities after swimming. So, when they were designing our current facility,...

So, Why Bixby?

In 1989, Lynne Costain’s (Bixby aftercare teacher) parents were on a quest to find a school for their inquisitive, highly verbal daughter. One of Lynne’s preschool teachers had recommended Bixby. Her parents had visited many schools, both public and...

Start With “Why”

Walk With Us, Learn With us, See the Possibilities In 1970 two individuals had a vision for a school that would be uniquely different from that of the standard educational programs of the time. Their goals were clear: to build a curriculum that supported...

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