October 15, 2019

At Catalyst, one of the driving questions for students is “How will I affect the world?” We are tackling this question during what we call Enterprise Time.  Enterprise Time (ET) is an opportunity for students to focus on personal, purpose-driven projects. Students have...

September 23, 2019

On Wednesday, parents of Catalyst students came to our new campus in beautiful Agoura Hills to meet the educators and learn about our plans for the year. We prepped a gallery walk and encouraged parents to peruse, read a bit about the different classes, and generate so...

December 17, 2018

We see our students as creators.  Through design challenges, free builds, and inventions, our students learn that they are capable.  They embody an “I can” attitude.  Believing in themselves provides space to embrace mistakes and motivates them to try and try again....

December 11, 2018

Many children’s books and curricula about the states of matter begin by telling children the meaning of the terms solid, liquid and gas. But what if we didn’t start that way? What if we gave students examples of these materials and let them develop their own definition...

December 2, 2018

"Time to hit the road!", one student exclaimed as the class piled into the twelve-passenger van on their way to explore Olvera Street for the celebration of Día de los Muertos. The excitement was palpable as the students embarked on this new experience into the real wo...

November 7, 2018

Whew! What a week! We just finished writing, reviewing, distributing our prose reports (progress narratives we create in place of grades), and having parent conferences. We also (obviously) had Halloween this week.  That makes for a busy day of fun.

But what I really wa...

November 1, 2018

              

Student-generated ideas and “fly by night fads” can be incredibly disruptive to an educational system. Kids can be bad at thinking about unintended consequences, taking multiple perspectives...

October 17, 2018

It all began when one student announced, “Let’s make our own dice!”  This moment is what I live for as a Kindergarten teacher.  No other plans are as important as the opportunity to dive head first into a student’s curiosity...especially when there is limitless learnin...

October 10, 2018

21st Century Skills: 

Critical Thinking

Creativity 

Communication 

Collaboration

Adaptability

Problem Solving 

This year the Adventure Room group kicked off the year with a design challenge: building a hand-held labyrinth! One of the reasons for this design challenge was to p...

October 4, 2018

In the beginning of the school year, all of my students created first semester goals. One student proudly told me that her goal was to work on math and solve problems. Later on she confessed to me that she wanted to work on math, but didn’t really like math. Many stude...

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