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Year of Inquiry

List of 10 news stories.

  • Launching the Year of Program Development

    This year launches the “Year of Program Development,” the second year in our four-year examination of the academic life at Derryfield. Our task, over these four years, is to research and implement an academic program and teaching practices that will help Derryfield students, grades 6-12, prepare for an ever changing world....
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  • Year [of Inquiry] in Review

    As Derryfield teachers and administrators come to the end of what we’ve called our Year of Inquiry into 21st Century Skills (which started with this summer read), we have arrived at a far richer understanding of how important the four Cs are to our students and the world they are entering upon graduation.  These Cs include: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration, and more and more of our teachers are focusing explicitly on these skills in their daily classroom activities, projects, and assessments....
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  • From Inquiry to Action

    Since August, Derryfield teachers have engaged in our “Year of Inquiry.” Reading books, visiting other schools, researching sources on the web, attending virtual classes, participating in department sponsored workshops, and attending conferences, they have explored how we might better teach 21st Century Skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and media literacy. In March, over two Professional Development days, they moved from research to action, developing lessons, units and assessments. Passionate and innovative, many have begun to implement new and great ideas in their classrooms....
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  • The Middle School Portrait

    Four years ago, the middle school faculty launched an evaluation of our program. We wanted to know what sets us apart, what we already do so well that is transformational, and what we would like to develop. That endeavor naturally led us the question: What should a Derryfield Middle Schooler know and be able to do after three years with us?...
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  • Exploring Project-Based Learning

    At the October Professional Development Day in October, History Department Chair David Pook shared a new way in which he has implemented project-based learning in his classroom (see a recording at This particular example involved testing his AP US History students on their knowledge of the Road to the American Revolution. Instead of writing a paper, he asked his students to represent their knowledge of the events leading up to the Revolution in a non-linear way, in any medium that resonated with the individual....
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  • Derryfield's Inaugural VeX Team

    This Fall, I was the new teacher and robotics was a new course here. Six students representing all four grade levels sat at a table together. Only two students had done this before. They were no longer ninth graders or seniors. They were a team....
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  • UNH Social Innovation Challenge

    As we move through this Year of Inquiry, we continue to ask ourselves - how can we best prepare our students for the world of learning and work that lies ahead? How can we have them learn the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. The UNH Social Venture Innovation Challenge turned out to be a perfect venue to explore some answers to these questions.
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  • Flexibility & Adaptability in the Classroom

    As the Dean of Faculty, I spend at least an hour each day doing “rounds.” As I drop in on classes, I get a sense of the variety of learning experiences and models at the school. It is clear from these visits that flexibility and adaptability, two of the skills written about with regard to 21st century skills, are a way of life at Derryfield. Notable strategies and innovative techniques spread quickly as students and teachers share the best strategies to teach, learn, and create....
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  • 'Teach-In' Explores the Electoral College

    On November 3, Derryfield seventh graders experienced first-hand the challenges of teaching their fellow students. During their activity block sixth and eighth grade advisory groups learned about America’s electoral college from their seventh grade peers....
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  • Segregation with a Side of Ambrosia

    One afternoon this fall, sixth grade English students were divided into groups and given the simple assignment of making a batch of a Southern dish, ambrosia salad. While this might sound like an assignment for home economics, it was actually an immersive lesson about segregation....
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