WOW! We had an amazing week in 5th and 6th grade learning all about water. We were fortunate to be able to go to the Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, and Sweetwater Wetlands to learn specifically about water in Tucson. We spoke to Tucson Water and had the fabulous UA hydrologist and TGS faculty member, Dr. Erika Gallo, talk with us about issues involving water in Arizona.
Students spent their time at TGS this week investigating the fictional place "Gray Area" to determine why the fish may be dying. Students tested different theories, completed scientific experiments, closely read a variety of artifacts like newspaper articles, emails, and scientific explanations, made inferences based on clues, and practiced adjusting their thinking as more information came. Many students went as far as doing research on their own to help support their thinking. Students have the homework assignment over the break of telling someone all about the investigation they completed!
Here are a few of the amazing quotes from students about what they learned this week:
Dani, 5th grade
Kris, 6th grade
Keegan, 5th grade
Nolan, 6th grade
Phoebe, 6th grade
Elisa, 6th grade
Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. We hope you all enjoy your time together!
Amie Bergersen, Allycyn Jacobs, Katie Patt
I love teaching at The Gregory School because I can do what is best for students every day. I have the opportunity to customize what I teach to fit the passions and needs of my students. The students, faculty, and families are part of an amazing and supportive learning community inside and outside of the classroom.Amie Bergersen
Eager, enthusiastic, excited...these words only start to describe the students at The Gregory School. This passion for learning creates energy for innovative teaching. At TGS I am allowed to be the teacher I have always wanted to be - collaborative, creative, compassionate - with students who are engaged in authentic learning opportunities. The teachers and students at TGS care about each other. This is evident in the classroom and out. The Gregory School is a strong learning community, one I am honored to be a part of.Allycyn Jacobs
I love teaching at TGS because students are engaged, inquisitive, and creative. They collaborate and creatively solve problems, and they pose questions that are original and abstract. Most of all, middle school students at TGS get a chance to explore their own interests and to be kids--whether that means playing with chickens, making airplanes, learning Chinese martial arts, or engaging in an all out Uno war in Advisory.Katie Patt