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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.

A Window To Their World

In his classic work Emile, Rousseau wrote: “Childhood has its own way of seeing, thinking and feeling and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs”. This week at Bixby School I had glimpses into the world of our students through my office...

Name 10 Ways to Become a Better Reader…

Read, read, READ, read, READ, read, read, read, READ, read! At Bixby, reading is encouraged and celebrated at every opportunity—through comfortable reading nooks and lofts, class read-a-thons, author visits and book fairs, a school-wide event for Read Across America,...

Student Read Aloud: How to Create Confident and Nuanced Readers

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~Benjamin Franklin Being a confident reader does not happen over night, but through practice, encouragement, and the ability to process and apply feedback, a confident reader can emerge. Over the...

Nitty Gritty Science

In recent weeks, my students reminded me about a teaching goal I’d placed too far on the back burner. They didn’t realize it, of course, but they couldn’t have been clearer if they wrote it in neon Expo marker on the white board. The first reminder came from a science...

Chemistry In 1st Grade Science

We just finished up our month-long study of Chemistry in 1st grade science. The classroom was regularly filled by bursts of screams of excitement throughout the unit. At the end of the unit, we reviewed all the concepts we learned and demonstrated. To our amazement,...

Biographies of Classmates

Our latest project in the 4th and 5th grade writing room was completing biographies of classmates. Students began by choosing partners and interviewing each other. The facts, favorites, and anecdotes they discovered set a foundation for our discussion and application...

Why Process Art?

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” -Dr. Maria Montessori Upon entering the Bixby Preschool classroom environment, it is likely that you will observe children...

Learning Outside The Walls Of Bixby

One of the many great things about a Bixby education is the opportunity our students have to experience different ways of learning. Starting with kindergarteners going on their weekly trips to Bridgewalk Pond, first graders learning fractions with manipulatives, and...

Area and Perimeter in 4th & 5th Grade Math With Kitty

We began our area and perimeter unit by finding the area of rectangles. For elementary children, rectangles/squares allow students to see how multiplication can be applied to finding the solution. We always begin at the beginning and for area that means covering...

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