Academic Life

An aerial view of Norfolk, VA and its waterside in 1892, the location of nowadays Downtown Norfolk

A Montessori study of Place: Downtown Norfolk, VA

This blog post is about a Montessori study of our school’s home place: Downtown Norfolk, VA. Being a Montessori study, it is an active process of learning through participation. David Kahn, the leader of the Montessori adolescent movement, writes that, for Montessori middle and high schools, “[p]lace inspires belonging. Place…

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American Literature: Banned Books

Roadstead students learn in literature seminar how to understand the reasons that bring people to ban books in the US

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confetti in the city to celebrate graduation

Roadstead Montessori Class of 2022

Dominique Sapozhnikov Schmieder Dominique will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall, with a focus on Engineering Exploration in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Dom earned a Presidential Scholarship and a Recognition Scholarship. In thinking about the move to the Rochester, New York, area, Dom’s immediate…

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Wear a mask or go to jail during the influenza pandemic

How a History Seminar Helped Roadstead Students Make Sense of the COVID-19 Pandemic

On a hot September afternoon in 2020, we sat under the tents of our outdoor classroom for a history seminar session. We were there, rather than inside the school building, because this was the safest possible in-person education during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were set to discuss our first primary…

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We All Need Art

What is the point of creating art in the first place? Is it really worth anything? Does it add to your life? Does it add to society as a whole? Why make it part of any curriculum? Whenever grown ups fear that children aren’t learning enough, the arts are the…

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Teaching English and the love of words at Roadstead Montessori High School

Words To Write By

Hello, I am Claudia and I am the writing and literature literature teacher at Roadstead Montessori High School. In this blog I will tell you about how I developed my love of learning and teaching words. I will also tell you how my writer life converses with my role as…

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