JUA weekly note

The crazy weather did not stop JUA students from having a fun week full of learning. The focus of our Greek theme study has moved from Mythology to Everyday Life in ancient Greece this week; we've begun exploring our new shared text, a nonfiction book written by Robert Hull. Starting with the topics of education and childhood, the students had the opportunity to compare the learning at ancient Greek schools with our learning at TPS. We also applied the math skills of graphing by taking a survey of JUA students' favorite subjects and children games. (The favorite subject of JUA students is...Physical Education!)

On Tuesday, Junior Unit launched our new identity curriculum with a thought-provoking discussion and reflection about the complexity of identity. After discussing what identity is, students filled out notecards reflecting on their race, gender, family structure, and socioeconomic status/wealth. All JU students inserted these notecards into identity boxes - closed boxes that stand as metaphors for the way society boxes in our identities. On Thursday we began to "unpack" the gender box. Splitting into same-gender groups, we studied male and female reproductive anatomy, shared our reactions to the gender identity notecards (read anonymously), and reflected upon the way that societal expectations shape the way we experience gender.

Lastly, we had a lot of fun watching Shakespeare’s *Twelfth Night *and *Taming of the Shrew*, presented by the 8th graders on Wednesday and Thursday.

Here is a doodle poll from Kait, some of the JUA students' art teacher. Please click on this link if you are interested in meeting with her during conferences: http://doodle.com/poll/7vua2c5ub3ihmzrf

If Rick is your student's art teacher, you are welcome to sign up for a conference with him here: http://doodle.com/poll/kqwpvbwingb5wzcz

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emily, Jenson and Julia