Bennett Day School News

Failing Grades: How to Motivate Students to Learn Without Keeping Score

Students need to learn by doing -- through problem-solving, project-based learning and being creative.  Parents, myself included, need to let go of a system we grew up with and recognize how we experienced school will not prepare students for...

Demo Night: How Project-Based Learning Comes to Life at Bennett Day Upper School

At our Trimester 2 Demo Night, attendees explored and asked questions about 5 unique small group projects that dug deeply into migration in an effort to determine how we, as citizens, can make lives better for people around the world who either...

Discovering the Shape of Chicago: An Upper School Journey in Project-Based Learning

First Trimester at Bennett Day Upper School came to an incredible conclusion with the students' very first Demo Night, demonstrating all of their project-based learning (PBL) around "The Shape of Chicago." 

Chicago Summer Series: Eclectic Attractions in South Loop

For this “Chicago Summer Series,” we will be diving into the dynamic South Loop. Due to its recent residential and commercial development boom, the South Loop has made a name for itself among the assorted Chicago neighborhoods. While it’s known...

Chicago Summer Series: Uncover the History of Hyde Park

Hyde Park is filled with abundant historical attractions and breathtaking architecture where one can certainly spend a whole day exploring. The area is home to some of the world’s best museums, famous homes, up-and-coming restaurants, and one of...

Junior Kindergarteners Channel NPR with Podcast on the Human Body

Inspired by the children's doctor-themed dramatic play and the Bennett Day "Get Wellthy" Challenge, Mr. Nearpass and Ms. Simmons' kindergarten classroom spent three months researching the body and medical professions to better understand how to...

Tips for Choosing a Best-Fit Summer Camp

Studies show that camps of all kinds help kids build a solid sense of identity and community, while also contributing to mental and physical well-being. But with so many options out there, how can families make the best choice possible for their...

Student Innovation Through Bennett Labs: Creating Apps, Books, and 21st Century Learning at Bennett Day School

 

By Frances Judd, Special Projects Coordinator & Early Childhood Tinkering and Engineering Sciences Lab Teacher

I love sharing these photos of enthusiastic and engaged learners at Bennett Day School as they participate in Bennett Labs projects:

"Gaga for a Gaga Pit!" Guest Blog By Tinkering & Engineering Sciences Teacher, Zak Thompson, on STEM & Design Thinking

 

Gaga Pit Process 2.0

 How We Made the Gaga Pit

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What Does Project-Based Learning Look Like at the High School Level?

Bennett Day School is not a desk and chalkboard institution, but rather a center, a laboratory...

...where students develop ideas and understanding, pursue passions and dreams, and hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for shared and...