Week 1 – “Skills”

Every week, Usdan will be highlighting a special principle that defines Usdan’s mission and approach. Each weekend we’ll look back at all the fun and creative ways students put that week’s principle into practice. We not only want to share the amazing work the children are doing every day, but make Usdan’s guiding principles salient and tangible.

Each principle serves Usdan’s greater goal of creating a cohesive environment that encourages students to be creative in every endeavor throughout their lives.

For the first week, we’re talking about skills.

Sure, Usdan faculty teach students the skills to be better artists, musicians, writers, singers, dancers, actors and actresses, naturalists, chess players, athletes and more, but at Usdan skill goes much deeper. It means not only learning fundamental or advanced skills of a discipline, but building cognitive, conceptual, intellectual, and physical awareness for mind and body growth. Skills are not only what you learn, but an understanding of how to use what you learn.

Photos and videos were taken by our Usdan faculty. Some projects and teaching experiments we loved this past week were:

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This coming week, we’ll show you what the principle of play looks like at Usdan.

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