The Older Group

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Children in the Older Group continue to explore their world, pursuing studies of their interests, with more formalized classes in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science. They work independently, as well as in both small and large group settings. Many opportunities are provided for the OG students to delve deeply into various subject areas through research projects, field trips, visiting artists, and classroom materials.

The Older Group children are friends and mentors to the younger children. They are swimming partners with the Kindergarten children – a relationship that lasts well past the Kindergarten year, and are often reading or math partners with younger children in the school.

Chris Powell, the OG teacher, says it is her mission to have children graduate from Antioch School filled with motivation, knowledge, courage, self-confidence, ideas, resourcefulness, love of their own individuality, and respect for the individuality of others.



OG Newsletter

  • Older Group - Kindergarten Partners
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    The children were excited to be paired up with Kindergarten partners last week. They enjoyed a special playtime and snack with partners on Thursday afternoon, sat with their partners during our All School Meeting on Friday, and read with partners in the Kindergarten room at the end of the day on Friday. This week they will swim with partners for the first time on Thursday!

    Older Group-Kindergarten partnering is a long time tradition at the Antioch School. Many of the Older Group children have strong memories of the OG partners they had as Kindergarteners and are excited to now be on the other end, as the older child, of the partnership. Partnerships connect the two ends of our hallway together. The younger children have someone who knows-the-ropes, someone  big who can touch the bottom of the pool, a big friend who checks in with them and reads with them. But the benefits to the older child are just as substantial. Older Group children are developing the ability to view situations, events, and information from the perspective of others. Developmentally, Kindergarten children are still quite egocentric. And so, even in the most ordinary of interactions with partners, Older Group children are strengthening their use of perspective; they are becoming more empathetic communicators. Plus, it just feels good sometimes to be the big kid! This is a new hat for many children who do not have siblings, or who only have older siblings. But even children who are the oldest in a family grouping find being the older child in a partnership to be a different and unique experience.

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Chris - The Older Group Teacher

Chris Powell - Older Group

I grew up in New York, where I attended Nyack High School as well as The Art Student’s League. While still in high school, I worked at a Head Start program in Harlem. During the time between graduation from high school and graduation from college, I co-taught in the 2nd grade, and coordinated activities for preteens at The Rough Rock Demonstration School on the Navajo reservation. I later taught Lamaze childbirth classes, both to adults and to girls at a school for pregnant teenagers.

I received my undergraduate degree in elementary education at Antioch College, where I was fortunate to have Phil Rothman and Louie King (former head master at the Antioch School), two educators who valued the integrity, intellect, and curiosity of children. I received my Masters Degree from Wright State University, where I majored in teaching children with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges and graduated with honors. My teaching certification is in elementary education 1st through 8th grade and learning disabilities/behavior disorders kindergarten through high school.

I taught the 4th and 5th grade learning disabilities resource classes at Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I also taught the learning disabilities resource classes at South High School in Springfield, Ohio. While there, I saw a need for a support group for teens returning from chemical dependency treatment centers. I went to workshops provided by The Johnson Institute to learn techniques for successfully facilitating recovery groups, then offered recovery support groups for teenagers returning to school after treatment at chemical dependency centers.

For one year, I taught in the 1st and 2nd grade learning disabilities resource room at Lagonda Elementary School, also in Springfield, Ohio.

During my career as a teacher, I have attended many classes and workshops including sessions on Tourette’s Syndrome, mathematics, physical education, children’s literature, photography, glass blowing, watercraft skills, ornithology, flight, and archeology.

I have been teaching at Antioch School for a quarter of a century, and still feel so honored and privileged to be able to teach in this gem of a school where learning is authentic, and where children are supported and encouraged to pursue their interests, to take on challenges, and to creatively solve problems. This is an amazing, vibrant, learning environment where children and teachers alike learn, grow, and thrive.

The Older Group
For fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Teacher Emeritus
Bill Mullins

Upcoming Older Group Events

Thu Jan 25 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym

Thu Feb 01 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym

Thu Feb 15 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Ice Skating

Contact Chris

If you have a question for Chris, please use the form below to send her an email.

Testimonial of Selah Griffin.

Selah Griffin
The Antioch School 2009-2015

An Older Group student at the time this testimonial was written

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