Kingsbury Seniors Finalize Their Capstone Projects

By Lauren Thomson

12th Grade English Teacher

Kingsbury Day School

The Kingsbury Day School Senior Capstone Project began four years ago under the direction of Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot and former English teacher, Jamie Flores. “Capstone provides seniors with an opportunity to use the academic skills acquired during their time at Kingsbury to delve deeply into an area of personal interest. The process encourages our seniors to carry that personal passion with them as they venture into the world beyond Kingsbury Day School,” Dr. Chobot explained.

Capstone1bThere are four major components to the Capstone project:

  • a research paper
  • an electronic portfolio
  • a product/performance and
  • a presentation to the Kingsbury Day School community.

Each stage in the process requires seniors to sharpen skills that will prove to be of value when they pursue higher education or enter the workforce. These skills include researching, critical reading, analytical writing, editing and public speaking.

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#*@*! Profanity in our Schools

Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

It’s time to introduce another Habit of Mind, developed by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick. The 16 Habits of Mind are “characteristics that are employed by successful people when they are confronted with problems.” The one that I will address in this blog is thinking and communicating with clarity and precision. Continue reading

Helping our Students to be Architects of the Future

Habits of Mind,” developed by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, are “characteristics that are employed by successful people when they are confronted with problems.” Developing these 16 traits or skills can be particularly challenging for people with learning disabilities.

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In recent blog posts, I explored the habits of persisting and thinking interdependently. As our students prepare for Kingsbury’s Art Salon on May 15th, let’s discuss two additional habits: (1) creating, imagining and innovating and (2) responding with wonderment and awe. These habits reflect the affective domains of our lives.

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Thinking Interdependently: What’s that have to do with Easter?

Habits of Mind, developed by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, are “characteristics that are employed by successful people when they are confronted with problems.” Developing these 16 traits or skills can be particularly challenging for people with learning disabilities.

In my last blog post, I explored the habit of persisting. With the approach of Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day and other springtime occasions when families and friends gather together, I thought I would present the habit of thinking interdependently. Continue reading

The Nuts and Bolts of Persistence

Ann Rowe bio picAs Dr. Chobot, Kingsbury CEO and Head of School, indicated in a recent post, persistence is an important quality, or Habit of Mind, for effective individuals in academics and work life. In addition, it helps with parenting, pursuing a sport and other activities of daily life. She noted, not surprisingly, that individuals with learning challenges often struggle with persistence. Continue reading

Persistence is a Challenge for Learning Disabled Individuals

Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot

Habits of Mind, developed by Arthur L. Costs and Bena Kallick, are “characteristics that are employed by successful people when they are confronted with problems.” They identify problem-solving, life-related skills that are necessary to effectively operate in society. Published in 2009, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind continue to provide an effective means to promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship. Continue reading