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Summer Learning

Posted by on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 with 0 Comments

We all know, summer is bittersweet for a teacher. Sweet because, the world knows, we need a break. Bitter because students come back, from summer, like they forgot how to learn and attend school. To make the bitter a little sweeter, DAA held their first summer program; keeping students engaged in learning year round.The vision […]

We Have 2nd Graders!

Posted by on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 with 0 Comments

Last year, my first grade students worked relentlessly to be second grade ready. They monitored their reading progress after each assessment, and knew how high their bar graphs had to go to read like a second grader. In math, we focused on “second grade skills,” and quizzed themselves at the door each morning to tell […]

Our Results // Year 1

Posted by on Monday, July 21st, 2014 with 2 Comments

At DAA, we are constantly reflecting about how we can get better.  We tend to get hung up sometimes on what we want to improve.  However, it’s just an important to think about what we did well and stop and be proud. We use many forms of data to inform our decision-making and measure our […]


Posted by on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 with 1 Comments

Celebrate! Oh my! That’s just what we did at our final Celebration of Learning. What a great way to end our founding year!   The students smiled with pride.  We had entomologists and gardeners sharing their knowledge with any who would listen. As we prepared, students reviewed their learning over the past five months.  First graders […]

The Perfect Equation

Posted by on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 with Comments Off Comments

When our DAA students participate in their math lessons, they not only develop their mathematical skills, but also, they build their character! Let me “count” the ways. Our math curriculum encourages our students to make sense of mathematics by applying lessons to real-life situations — in this way critical thinking about numbers becomes meaningful. Before […]