Learning Cursive in 2nd Grade

While I was visiting classrooms a couple of weeks ago, I got to see our second graders learning cursive handwriting with Mrs. Horton and Ms. Sowell. They were working on capital letters and sentences from their literature and history studies. Handwriting practice is an essential part of our students' elementary education in K-2, and after… Continue reading Learning Cursive in 2nd Grade

Singing the National Anthem at All-School Assembly

Once a month all of our students and teachers gather in the gym for an all-school assembly. We often enjoy a performance, recognize students' achievements, or discuss our school virtues. No matter what we're doing in all school assembly, we always begin the same way: with pledges to the American flag and the Texas flag… Continue reading Singing the National Anthem at All-School Assembly

Einstein on Science

It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work should increase man's blessings. Concern for man himself must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors, concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labor and the distribution of goods--in order that the creations of… Continue reading Einstein on Science

Seminar Discussion in 9th-12th Grade

The Seminar Discussion by Mr. Peterson, Literature and Philosophy Teacher This is an abridged version of a lecture given at Hillsdale College on June 29, 2017 as part of the Barney Charter School Initiative's summer teacher training. The original (available upon request) includes details about seminar setup procedures, grading, how the other components of a literature class… Continue reading Seminar Discussion in 9th-12th Grade

Mathletes Sweep TCSAAL Math Olympiad

Last year, we sent one team of four high school students to compete in the TCSAAL math olympiad. They won regionals and state. They had the idea that wearing colorful bowties would intimidate the competition. I guess they were right. After securing the victory, they posed as Archers for their victory shot, with their coach… Continue reading Mathletes Sweep TCSAAL Math Olympiad