Posts in November 2009
The skating party at Wollman Rink for the Lower and Middle Schools was a wonderful community event. Thanks to the Parents' Association for making this a possibility. It ended up being a good thing that we postponed this from the previous week since the weather was perfect with a full moon showering good fortune and calm joy over the event. Kris and I so enjoyed meeting and talking to lots of people and watching this peculiarly New York scene: a skating pond amid the trees of Central Park towered over by the buildings on Central Park South. It was a great event with a wonderful community feeling.
The world-renowned design company IDEO was with a group of teachers and administrators on Thursday and Friday of last week taking us through the design thinking process in order to help us think about both adult problem solving and how thinking might be differently defined in our classrooms. This work has been in development for the last two years and was prompted by an article by Tim Brown the IDEO CEO who has a great weblog on design thinking. Tim has also written a great book on design thinking and how it can change organizations entitled Change by Design. The group from IDEO: Kate Lydon, Sandy Speicher, Hailey Brewer and Annette Diefenthaler were amazing, and we learned how ...
The football game against Fieldston yesterday was incredible. It was amazing to watch. Being biased, I was sad to see the Riverdale team unable to score the two points at the end in order to win the game; however, both sides fought valiantly to the very last second of the game. It was great to see the new field in use, and we are also looking forward to hosting a field hockey tournament game this week on it. Kris and I were honored to meet Flo Bertino for the first time, along with other members of the Bertino clan. Flo is the wife of Frank J. Bertino, a mythical Riverdale faculty member and coach who was one of the winningest coaches ...