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Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020
​ On Dec 17, Ying Compestine, shared with K-6 students what it takes to be a professional writer. She helped students visualize that writing a story is like building a house. You begin with the foundation, build the frame, and then furnish with details…but not too many, or your house will be cluttered and no one will want to stay inside! She also emphasized that stories are often born from personal experience. Her book, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, was based on memories of her childhood... Read More
Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019
    ​ Dare to Roll 卷起来, Chen Laoshi, Jingyi Laoshi and Tsoi Laoshi Chen Laoshi, Jingyi Laoshi and Tsoi Laoshi - We are passionate and creative teachers that love exploring new things and always try to challenge ourselves. We made paper quilling art pieces to contribute to this winter celebration! Although this is new to all of us, we really enjoyed the process of designing, creating and collaborating. We can't wait to share the joy with you! Entrepreneurship means curiosity, resilience,... Read More
Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019
Our after school enrichment Kidtrepreneurs class has been working hard on their business ideas and are ready to showcase at this year's Winter Market!   ​ AA My name is Mila.  I am 8 years old. I live in Orinda, CA.  I was born in San Francisco, CA. I discovered my products,pillows and crystal keychains, when I joined a new group and we discussed business ideas.  This idea excites me because I love sewing pillows and crystal keychains would be pretty. Entrepreneurship means starting a... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 6, 2019
​ In October at the University of Illinois's Global Education Symposium, Grade 5/6 Teacher Jackie Beutell shared how she turned a social media policy analysis into a classroom lesson. Jackie's poster presentation discussed the globally popular social media app, Tik Tok, and its policy's strengths and limitations towards children's rights. While writing this analysis, she had discovered her own 4th and 5th grade students actively used Tik Tok. Responding to this as a learning opportunity,... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 6, 2019
​ On Wednesday 11/13, students headed over to GAP Inc. headquarters in San Francisco to learn more about the work of th GAP's Color Proud Council in driving the companies focus on diversity and inclusivity. This experience was a perfect connection to the Grade 5/6 current unit "Fashion plays a role in cultural diversity." Students toured the visual arts studio and the designers’ offices, learning how fashion designers sketch, decide on colors and fabrics to use, and how designs turn into... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019
​ Our community celebrated our 4th Intercultural Festival this past October highlighting the diversity in culture of our Shu Ren and greater East Bay community.  Food, clothing, photos, books and activities were all on display with our 15 cultural villages hosted by our parent community. From New York City bagels from Zabars to pickled dishes from Slovenia, our guests were transported near and far through tastes, sounds and experiences.  Performances continued throughout the event starting... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  PreK3 are starting to build friendships, so what better time to start this inquiry on Play! They are diving into experiences surrounding different types of play, learning how our behavior affects play and understanding differences in the likes and dislikes of their peers. In addition to their routine circle time and activity stations,this unit has been enriched by experiential learning as well.   Throughout the unit, PreK3 parents came to the classroom to facilitate a favorite childhood... Read More
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019
Questions and curiosity are the precursor to deep inquiry.  It’s that spark that makes us wonder, investigate and take action.   As a community of learners, we want to ensure that our future generation never loses that ability to question and never loses the joy of being curious.    As one of the Learner Profile of the International Baccalaureate, becoming an inquirer helps our children construct meaning and make sense of the world around them.   Inquiry-based learning invites children to... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019
      Shu Ren is honored to be able to participate in the Change Makers curriculum through Berekeley Repertory Theatre.  Change Makers is designed for students to engage in theatre by combining civics, writing and performance.  This experience deepened the inquiry for our Grade 4 and 5 students who were inquiring into social activism through the central idea: Creative expression can affect the way people think and act.   Read more about this fascinating and wonderful experience here at... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019
Why do we march? With posters in hand, Shu Ren students joined millions of people around the world for the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20, 2019. The aim of the youth movement is to voice the urgency for more responsive environmental policies and initiatives worldwide.  This Climate Strike directly connects with the Shu Ren core values: Inquiry, Action, and Global Citizenship. Inquiry We march because we support science and inquiry.  At Shu Ren inquiry drives all learning.... Read More