Upper School art students

"Since 1982, MPA has known that in order to be a successful citizen—whether that means having a good job, or being an engaged member of society, or simply being happy—you have 要对所有领域的知识有丰富的理解。 Kari Kunze, director of studies. MPA wholeheartedly embraces STEAM and adds the humanities to create a tapestry for our students known as deep learning.

To do this, 非常有创造力的教师利用多种学科来教授灵活的课程. In Lower School recently, 一个创新实验室项目将一个葡京线上赌博大全童话故事的识字单元和一个葡京线上赌博大全天气和气候的科学单元组合在一起 air. 学生们在团队中工作,遵循在商业和技术中常用的设计思维过程, define, ideate, prototype, 并尝试创造一个空气系统,在巨人砍下豆茎,杰克被困在云里后可以拯救他.

"Without even realizing it, 我的学生们正在使用词汇,复习跨学科领域学到的信息," said Kari O'Keefe, first grade teacher. 学生们运用多种技能和智能来学习多种目标, 通过将一个学科领域的知识建立在另一个学科领域的基础上,来支撑他们的学习.

According to O'Keefe, "Once the challenge was introduced, the students' wheels immediately began turning. As they worked through each stage, 在整个过程中,学生们表现出了更强的动力,并受到了合作和坚持的挑战."

"Learning is a tapestry here. 如果科目是单向度的,孩子们就只能看到单向度. But that's not very interesting. At MPA, education is in 3D. 这就创造了理解的丰富性,”Kunze说. 这些联系有助于他们理解学术严谨背后的更大目的."

MPA紧密的规模、紧密的社区和对合作的承诺使这一切变得容易. 联系发生在自助餐厅的午餐和走廊里的简短交谈中, often including the students. “葡京线上赌博大全知道彼此在教授什么,葡京线上赌博大全知道如何将这些概念结合在一起. When we weave it together, the kids love that. 当他们掌握了清晰适用的背景知识时,他们在学习新话题时会更有信心," explained Kunze. 学生受益于教师有意集中他们的努力,最大限度地提高内容领域之间的相关性和联系.

In Middle School, 科学老师比尔·马迪根(Bill Madigan)向他的学生强调,科学不仅仅是发现和理论. “数学让你理解理论,然后你需要交流你的发现和结果. 科学无处不在,就像数学和英语一样。.

在他八年级的科学课上,学生们最近了解到火山爆发的情况. 维苏威火山摧毁了庞贝和赫库兰尼姆. As an assessment of their understanding, 麦迪根要求他们写一份报纸,报道那灾难性的一天的事件. "Every day students here are communicating their findings, learning, and discoveries through analysis questions and discussions."

葡京线上赌博大全的文化越来越关注STEM学科,葡京线上赌博大全未来的许多职业实际上可能就在这些领域. "That said, in order to be successful in those areas, if you don't have a background in the arts and humanities, 你用这些知识做的事情不会有创造性. It may not be interpreted correctly. 它的用途很可能不会对葡京线上赌博大全的世界产生积极的影响。.


以一种整体的方式对待所有学科领域,这是MPA成立的原则,也是真正为葡京线上赌博大全的学生未来做好准备的原则. “艺术让学生以新的、不同的方式看待世界, and that new vision will allow them to apply their science, technology, engineering, 以及21世纪世界所需要的创造性和创新的数学知识," said Daniel Ethier, Middle School math teacher.

这种方法培养了能够并且想要做到这一切的学生. At the Upper School level, 课程表的设计是为了让学生每年能够选修三到四门选修课. 学生不需要在唱诗班和工程设计、陶瓷和高级论证之间进行选择. 葡京线上赌博大全的学生可以同时成为数学家、科学家和艺术家. That is the time-honored and time-tested MPA way.

Upper School math teacher Wendy Sullivan explains, “葡京线上赌博大全的学生很好奇,对各种各样的东西都感兴趣. Many of my math students are really into robotics, but they also love band, choir, and ceramics as other ways to express themselves. 我相信这是由于他们在初中和初中时接触了所有这些,没有感受到追求一种优势压倒另一种优势的压力. In my math class, 这意味着学生们将广泛的经验带入讨论. They see connections that go beyond math," she said.

要意识到葡京线上赌博大全的世界及其问题是如何相互关联的,通常要等到很晚的时候. However, MPA students learn this early and often. "As our students work collaboratively, present their ideas to peers, and listen carefully to what others have to share, they are preparing for the complexity of future challenges. As effective communicators, 他们将准备好在一个环境中工作,在这个环境中,许多人需要聚在一起分享知识和想法,朝着创新解决方案取得进展," shared Hannah Sullivan, Upper School science teacher.

"If you add the humanities to STEAM, making it STHEAM, 这就是整个儿童教育的学术部分从一开始就对MPA的意义," said Kunze. “MPA继续支持葡京线上赌博大全所有的学术部门,并一直在寻找方法使他们更加整合,减少孤立." MPA's students— and more importantly, 葡京线上赌博大全的世界将继续从中受益.

Engaged Students

Mpa通过蒸汽培养出才华横溢、自信、富有表现力和同情心的学生.

SOREN LARSON
CLASS OF 2007

我从MPA的STEAM方法中获得的技能是跳出框框思考 ... even thinking like there is no box. It helps you be able to come up with new, original ideas.

NATHAN C.
CLASS OF 2023

I think creative thinking builds tolerance with ambiguity, 并允许建立联系,成功地与他人沟通和合作. I have no idea how to teach my child this, 所以我很感激它在这么年轻的时候就被引入. 当她为将来在这个世界上成为什么样的人做准备时,这只会成为她基本思想的一部分.

MIKKI WILLIAMS
LOWER SCHOOL PARENT

The arts help our students see the world as others see it, 同理心对于科学技术的伦理和道德应用至关重要.

DAN ETHIER
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

I think that the A in STEAM is what makes MPA MPA. I have said this to as many people who will listen!

WENDY SULLIVAN
UPPER SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

KIDS LOVE A-HA MOMENTS. 通过交叉学科的学习,葡京线上赌博大全作为老师,让它们发生.

KARI KUNZE
DIRECOR OF STUDIES