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Time travel in sixth grade

Writing and designing, looking back and looking ahead

How do you write a memoir when you’re only twelve years old?

Sixth graders began wrestling with this question yesterday by building time machines and writing reflections on their younger selves.

Later this week, they’ll be playing with Gordon five-year-olds and connecting with the things that gave them joy when they were smaller.

It’s part of a three week curriculum that challenges young people to integrate the best parts of their pasts with their present selves, to build a vision for their own futures.

The lesson is heavy on written reflection, and feeds directly into the sixth grade memoir project later this winter.

The sixth grade’s special guest for this work is Mike Askander; more on his work at

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