Bringing School Together – Connection Learning in Math and Science (Volume One, Post 3)

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air, and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”  ― Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas As you may have readContinue reading “Bringing School Together – Connection Learning in Math and Science (Volume One, Post 3)”

Bringing School Together – Volume One, Part One

Launch Initiated in 10…9…8… For those of you diving into Educationomics for the first time: my name is Charlie Gramatges, and I am the Head of Middle School (principal) at Presbyterian School in Houston, TX. I have blogged for a number of years, building a catalog of experiences I have enjoyed during various stages ofContinue reading “Bringing School Together – Volume One, Part One”

Lenses, Not Silos

I am reading an inspiring book about school design and program development with the student at the center. It’s called Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need by Chris Lehman and Zac Chase. I’m enthralled with the motivational idealism that exists throughout the work; however, this idealism is galvanized by practical experienceContinue reading “Lenses, Not Silos”

Making Failure a Priority

This image appeared on my LinkedIn feed yesterday, sparking thoughts and reflection about why the middle school years are so crucial. Tweenagers, children between the ages of 10 and 15, go through a roller coaster of changes. They discover independence and passion for new ideas and interests, particularly during the school day. As they discover opportunitiesContinue reading “Making Failure a Priority”

Middle School 101: Overtired and Overstressed

A nightmare rears its ugly head all too often from mid August to sometime in early June, aligning very well with the beginning and end of the school year. The scene varies from episode to episode, but one example depicts me in the kitchen preparing dinner. I have chicken on the grill, vegetables on theContinue reading “Middle School 101: Overtired and Overstressed”