Mead’s third, fourth, and fifth graders have been focused on persuasive writing in language arts class. Each student was asked to imagine something that could be improved upon at The Mead School – either something new to consider or something to shift or end altogether. They then outlined and wrote drafts of their proposals in letter form to none other than our Head of School, Peter Herzberg. Students’ drafts included a wide range of suggestions – from bringing back pizza on Thursdays or the school’s movement program to building a church-like music hall or an Olympic-sized pool on our campus. With drafts of their letters in hand, the fourth and fifth graders spent class time sizing up their intended audience when Peter visited the class this past Tuesday. During that class time, each student had one minute to share the proposal, and Peter had one minute to ask questions and raise concerns. (As you may imagine, I furiously took notes). It was a fast-paced and delightful exchange of ideas.
After discerning what approaches and arguments might prove most persuasive and thus fruitful, students refined their proposals. At this point, the ball is in Peter’s court; fifteen letters were delivered to his mailbox on Friday, and the 3rd-5th cohort eagerly awaits his responses.
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