Mrs. Baldwin  (Humanities)                                                       Mr. Barnas   (STEM)


  • Welcome to Team Socrates!

    The seventh grade teams are named after the very first of the great educators:

    Socrates sought to understand the world and find truth through questioning.  He thought that it was important for people to always examine what they do and why.   When that questioning included questioning the actions of the government, he allowed them to pass judgment and sentence him to death in order to protect his ideals and his right to speak out.  He became the first Greek hero to be renowned because of how he thought rather than how he fought. 

    Plato ensured that the ideas of his teacher, Socrates, would not be forgotten by writing down the "Dialogues" that he had had with Socrates. History would know little about Socrates if it hadn't been for Plato.   Plato wrote the first book on political science, describing what he envisioned as the perfect government.  He also created the world's first academy, a school that would last for hundreds of years and become synonymous with higher education.  Westford has its own Academy today.

    Aristotle, taught by Plato who was taught by Socrates, focused on science and logic as he questioned the world around him, adding the third step to the scientific method.  Aristotle realized it was not enough to observe and create a hypothesis, but he recognized that the hypothesis needed to be tested.  He created the classification system for identifying plants and animals, and the syllogism in logic that is basically the transitive property of equality: if a=b, and b=c, then a=c.  Aristotle's ideas revolutionized the world of education, and he taught many famous pupils himself, including Alexander the Great. 

    As we commence another school year, we look forward to honoring the legacies of these greats as we learn about math, science, English, and the history of early civilizations.  On team Socrates, we will be learning through a project based learning (PBL) style, where we will explore these topics using projects and inquiry.  We have a great year ahead of us, and we look forward to getting to know all of you!

    Posted Aug 27, 2018, 1:02 PM by Amity Baldwin
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Current Projects

  • Projects Project (Completed)
    Since we are team focusing on learning through projects, we wanted to start the year, having the students brainstorm about what projects they have enjoyed in the past, and what kind of products work best based on the purpose of the project, so that students could make smart choices about what kind of products to create as we get into conducting some projects. 
    • We started by writing a journal about our favorite projects and why we liked them.
    • Then, we brainstormed what kind of products can be made for a project. 
    • Next, in groups we talked about the pros and cons of each of those products.
    • After that, we brainstormed the purposes of projects (What is the audience supposed to get out of the project).
    • Finally, based on our pro's and con's, we developed a handout to keep in our binders and help guide us throughout the year as we conduct projects.
    Posted Sep 6, 2018, 12:00 PM by Joseph Barnas
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