Teacher Blogs

Is Coding ... Art?
Posted 02/21/2017 04:25PM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

Coding is not typically considered a traditional art form. In fact, many still debate its place in the world of fine art. Read more

The Inner Game of Learning
Posted 01/03/2017 07:02PM
By Michael Chellman, Middle School

"How can my students learn more?"— the question teachers have asked themselves throughout the ages. Read more

The Power of Dirt!
Posted 11/22/2016 05:24PM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

Ceramics is clay. Clay is dirt. Dirt is dirty. Some students LOVE it and others barely want to touch it. Read more

My Latest Obsession: Fabric
Posted 11/16/2016 05:54PM
By Kendall Strickler, 3rd Grade

Teachers get inspiration in the most unlikely places. Once, I taught a whole multiplication lesson around a turkey I see in a grocery store. But I didn't know that a Brownie uniform would lead to something really special. Read more

Should Classes Be Fun?
Posted 10/31/2016 05:03PM
By Michael Chellman, Middle School

The Wall Street Journal said he "revolutionized the teaching of foreign languages." The New York Times said his "theatrical, immersive approach" made him the "preeminent pioneer" of language instruction for students around the world. Read more

Expanding Kids' Tastes in Books
Posted 10/13/2016 09:55AM
By Kendall Strickler, 3rd Grade

I love to teach reading. The look on a child's face when they connect with a book, really connect with a book, is the kind of stuff that makes my heart swell. So it kind of breaks my heart a little bit when I hear one of my third graders say, "I don't have anything to read." I will then do a sweeping motion with my arm toward our extensive classroom library, beautifully organized in color-coded bins by genre, and invite them to peruse at their leisure. When they come back and announce, "I don't like anything in there," then I know it's time for a visit from Chef Genre. Read more

Quote Me On That!
Posted 09/29/2016 08:56PM
By Dr. B., Upper School Science

Every teacher has a few quirky favorite expressions that he or she uses in all kinds of situations. I recently came to the realization that I have accumulated a few of mine over the years. I use these expressions frequently in my conversations with students, colleagues and parents. Read more

It's Going to be a Really Exciting Year!
Posted 09/29/2016 08:41PM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

Visual Arts II students are a great mix of 9-12th grade students with a variety of skills and techniques—but all have the same investment in a year-long art course. To start the year, they were given a 20-minute challenge: make something "artistic" with the materials provided. Read more

Why we need to get our students outside
Posted 09/21/2016 02:25PM
By Laura Nutter, Upper School Science, and Robert Pollicino, Upper School Science and Upper School Principal

Our students are considered "digital natives," and as educators we often try to meet them where they are by bringing the newest technology into the classroom. There are times when this makes sense, because we know our students will spend a fair amount of time in college and in the job world on computers. That said, are we just feeding into the 24/7 cycle of always being connected? Read more

First Lesson to Students: "Please Don't Do Your Work"
Posted 09/19/2016 05:01PM
By Michael Chellman, Middle School

First day of class–students' attention is locked in. I need to highlight one key theme that will echo throughout the year. Silently, I put up a sign on one side of the room: "I Always DO My Work." Then I say: "If this sign applies to you, please stand in front of it." Read more

My Summer Brain
Posted 09/13/2016 06:18PM
By Andrea Martin, Upper School French and English

This year, my summer was full—and I mean full—of an exceptional amount of one of my favorite activities: travel. I was only at home for about 2 weeks! Fortunately, my husband is a very understanding and also very busy man. Read more

Excited to be Back!
Posted 09/08/2016 03:35PM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

As much as I love working with young children in the arts, there's nothing like teaching an Upper School student. Teenagers have a different perspective on art, positive or negative, and there's always a discussion to be had. Read more

What I Did On My Summer Vacation
Posted 08/17/2016 06:26PM
By Jennifer Houston, 5th Grade

Thirty-five miles of easy biking on gently rolling hills? I wanted to do this ride, but would I be able to? We'd been riding along local trails almost every day all summer long and were steadily building up our mileage, but our longest rides were only about 22 miles, and the forecast called for 100 degrees and high humidity on the day of the Firefighter 50. Read more

Grit, Perseverance and Superheroes
Posted 08/15/2016 06:44PM
By Dr. B., Upper School Science

I am now 40 years old and that automatically puts me in the "old wise man in North Hall" category by my students. This category has a few perks such as having an audience when I tell true stories sprinkled with life-lessons. Some lessons are rather basic and obvious such as "both hands in your pockets when going down the stairs is not a good idea" or "coconut oil as a face lotion on a sunny snow-boarding day will cook your face." Read more

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