Teacher Blogs

Posted 05/01/2018 10:12AM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

How do we MAKE something from...nothing? Read more »

Posted 02/15/2018 01:36PM
By Jennifer Houston, 5th grade teacher

Donates proceeds from Entrepreneur Fair to Humane Rescue Alliance Read more »

Posted 01/08/2018 02:44PM
By Lisa Vardi, Director of Cross Divisional Curriculum

It has become a tradition to welcome the New Year with a full day of professional development for Bullis staff. 2018 was no exception; what was exceptional... the Bullis faculty who planned and participated in the kick-off of a new for 2019 curricular initiative, miniterm, with immense energy, excitement and joy! Read more

Posted 11/16/2017 10:47AM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

When was the last time you told a teenager to "Go, PLAY"? Read more

Posted 10/26/2017 05:39PM
By Lisa Vardi, Director of Cross Divisional Curriculum

I am so lucky to work and learn with such an incredibly creative and dynamic group of people. For the past month Kelsey Donegan has organized the Bullis Faculty and Staff Art Show, now on display in the Blair lobby. Close to 20 Bullis artists submitted work to enrich the Bullis community. Read more

Posted 10/23/2017 05:47PM
By Andrea Martin, Upper School French and English

We're moving through the start of another school year, another fall when the weather is finally – just a little bit – starting to turn cool, and that means another season of college applications for our Bullis seniors. Read more

Posted 10/19/2017 05:39PM
By Lisa Vardi, Director of Cross Divisional Curriculum

I recently read Adam Grant's In the Company of Givers and Takers for the Advanced Organizational Theory and Behavior class I'm taking at Vanderbilt. Grant believes there are two types of individuals in an organization. Read more

Posted 09/12/2017 11:21AM
By Lisa Vardi, Director of Cross Divisional Curriculum

I was lucky to spend a week in late August shadowing our newly arrived staff as they adjusted to a new school culture and attended informational sessions to help them acclimate to campus. Read more

Posted 08/22/2017 07:58AM
By Lisa Vardi, Director of Cross Divisional Curriculum

I witnessed extraordinary Middle School learning and leadership on the Bullis campus this week at a time in our country when the qualities of good leadership are being debated. Read more

Posted 08/03/2017 04:57PM
By Lisa Vardi, Director of Cross Divisional Curriculum

Summer is a time for renewal, deep thinking and new learning for educators. We attend curricular and leadership conferences, spend time reviewing our past year's successes and areas for improvement, set goals for the coming year, and, of course, spend quality time with friends and family. This summer is different for me as it contains many firsts I had never experienced before. Read more

Posted 08/03/2017 04:16PM
By Dr. B., Upper School Science

Einstein famously said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it." I had the opportunity this month to spend a week at the nation's premier particle accelerator at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. I'm excited to share in this blog my experience at Fermilab while also trying to explain a few basic particle physics concepts in the simplest terms with analogies. Read more

Posted 06/23/2017 03:15PM
By Alice Shih-Kahn, Upper School Art

The final unit of Visual Arts II is a true testament of student dedication and an understanding of aesthetics. Read more

Posted 04/13/2017 06:19PM
By Stacey Roshan, Upper School

When I first began flipping my math classroom in 2010, the ability to screencast, upload to the web, and have students be able to watch lectures at their own pace was exciting and innovative. Though that was a step in the direction to a more personalized, student-centered classroom, tech tools that have emerged in the past four years have truly revolutionized what is possible. Read more

Posted 04/13/2017 06:00PM
By Stacey Roshan, Upper School

Teaching Online AP Calculus AB this year has been an incredible experience - from creating a differentiated learning experience for each student in the class to teaching juniors and seniors to be truly resourceful and independent. Read more

Posted 03/06/2017 04:47PM
By Michael Chellman, Middle School

What's the most important word in the Bullis Middle School? Connection.

The root of every successful student is emotional engagement with the coursework. That occurs when the teacher connects with the student. In this high-tech age, such an approach might sound soft, but strong relationships have timeless value. Here are six ways I we strive to build them. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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