1st Grade

Expert Thinking

Expert Thinking is knowing how to address a problem you’ve never seen before, using whatever knowledge you possess.  While young children are just beginning to amass knowledge, we want them to feel confident improvising, experimenting, and collaborating with others to tackle something new.

First graders are encouraged to do this every day.  Practicing the social skills of listening, processing, and taking turns, they learn how to work both individually and as part of a team, contributing their talents and celebrating those of their classmates.

In coding classes, tinkering sessions in the Y-Lab, multi-strategy mathematics, and hands-on history projects, we teach children to work together to brainstorm and prototype their way to a solution.  Year after year, with increasing sophistication, they make this approach their own, positioning them for success in the 21st century.


Expert Thinking & PBL in Action

What is Expert Thinking, anyway?

Explore Expert Thinking and observe the use of project-based learning in Moses Brown classrooms!


Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

David Husted ’86

Director of Innovation and Design

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David Husted ’86

Roger Williams University – B.S.
Harvard Graduate School of Education – Ed.M.

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