Number Talk

Number Talk

Number talks are 10-15 minute conversations that occur in the classrooms once or twice a week, around intentionally designed computation problems. They are grounded in conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning moving beyond rote procedural knowledge. During a classroom number talk, students come together to communicate their mathematical thinking by sharing and defending solutions they solve… Continue Reading

The Value of Fine Arts in Education

The Value of Fine Arts in Education

            When children speak from their hearts, they can change the world!  They must be heard.  Self worth determines their future.  Curiosity must be nurtured through the senses where hands-on learning is intensified in a vibrant environment of possibility. They must be challenged to risk fearlessly.        … Continue Reading

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Relationships (noun) – the way in which two or more people or things are connected or interconnected (Oxford Dictionary) Responsive (adjective) – giving response; quick to respond or react appropriately or sympathetically (Merriam-Webster); making a positive and quick reaction to someone or something (Oxford Dictionary) Relationships are central to learning experiences. Foundational to good teaching… Continue Reading

Girls and Science at River Valley School

Girls and Science at River Valley School

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  – Madame Currie This year, our students embarked on an exciting journey of investigation and creation during STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Together, students challenged themselves in… Continue Reading

The “Right Fit” – A Big Decision

The “Right Fit” – A Big Decision

The search for the “right fit” school for your child is rarely easy. It is likely one of the biggest decisions you will make besides choosing to have children in the first place (no pressure!). By finding a great school for them, you are giving them a head start in life, allowing them to become… Continue Reading

What is Wonder?

What is Wonder?

Noun: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. Verb: the desire to know or be curious about something. When we say Wonder Lives Here at River Valley School (RVS) we can apply both definitions. Elementary school is often the time when children develop certain belief systems about their capabilities. During these… Continue Reading