Posts in October 2012

  1. Day 35: Mike, Science Teacher in the Upper School

    [ By on October 26, 2012 ]

    Last night I had to cancel the evening observing I had scheduled for my astronomy class. This is a common occurrence when teaching astronomy during the rainy season. This time it made me think about how hard it is to see the stars, particularly in New York City. I talk about the stars every day and I have been trained as an astronomer, so I think I have a reasonably intimate relationship with the universe, but I find that I miss seeing the stars. I have lived in New Mexico and the mountains of California and became accustomed to being able to walk outside on a clear night and look around our neighborhood of the universe. When I taught in ...

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  2. Day 34: the students of 2M, Second Graders

    [ By on October 25, 2012 ]

    Leaves have so many different shapes. They can be different colors. The blade has veins and can be skinny or fat. Water flows through veins. There are different kinds of leaf parts. The second graders of 2M are budding dendrologists. They are proudly showing off their leaf rubbings, which are labeled with the parts of the leaf. Next week they will use a wireless microscope to view their leaves up close. (Click the image for a full size view of the photo.)

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  3. Day 33: Nicky, Seventh Grader

    [ By on October 24, 2012 ]

    Today in science I learned that Mexican jumping beans jumped in heat. The heat causes the moth larvae inside of the bean to start to want to come out of its shell. Mexico, being its natural habitat is where it would jump most frequently. For my group's experiment we made lamps the temperature of what it would be in Mexico. As we experimented the bean jumped more and more by every minute the temperature of the lamp got hotter. Before this, I learned that even though it is a bean the Mexican jumping bean is alive. The moth larvae inside is alive; this is why it jumps. Nicky is a seventh grader at Riverdale. He enjoys learning about history, math and ...

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  4. Day 32: Amaris, Tenth Grader

    [ By on October 23, 2012 ]

    Today, I, a 14-year old girl, was inspired by a 3,000-year old story. In English class, we are reading The Odyssey, a seemingly outdated book, written by Homer. We had reached an interesting the part about the lotus-eaters in Book 9. Odysseus, the great protagonist, and his crewmates are trying to return home to Ithaca, after triumphing in the Trojan War. After rowing their ship for months, they reach a mysterious island, on which the lotus-eaters dwell. These inhabitants have an exclusive appetite for lotus, a delicious, pink flower. However, the lotus has a strange affect on the crewmates who eat it. After the crewmates eat the lotus, they suddenly relinquish their desire to make the treacherous journey home. The crewmates ...

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  5. Day 31: Ellen, Upper Learning Director, Lower School

    [ By on October 22, 2012 ]

    Although I didn’t know it at the time, what I learned today began as the sun was breaking through a cloudy dawn horizon.  I am using the word “began” quite intentionally.  You see, something happened as I was leaving my home this morning and this “moment” set off a chain of thoughts and actions that solidified my learning for the day. For weeks now I have been noticing the beautiful mum plants that have been planted outside of the Junior Building on the Lower School campus.  As I walk by them every morning my eyes are drawn to the fall colors and the lushness of the grounds. These mums served as an inspiration for me as I found myself purchasing a ...

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  6. Day 30: Cat, Mathematics Teacher, Middle and Upper School

    [ By on October 19, 2012 ]

    Today I learned that even though I might be good at something, I can also drop the ball once in a while. I usually bake really good banana bread. Tonight it was undercooked when the timer went off, so I popped it back in the oven and ended up burning the top. Normally, I wouldn’t mind so much but I am not sure that my 10th grade advisees will be so happy when they are hankering for some food during our gathering on Thursday. I shouldn’t worry so much, as I’m sure they will be grateful for my effort. Early on in my teaching career I was so intent on being a “good” teacher that I didn’t spend enough time focusing ...

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  7. Day 29: Nikolai, Fourth Grader

    [ By on October 19, 2012 ]

    Today I learned that if you get what you want but not what you need it’s not the best thing that could happen. Also, if you are not satisfied with a grade and you think that you did better, don’t fight back. You should just try harder. Also, today in lunch I learned that if you don’t like a food and if you try it once and you don’t like it you should try it more over time. Over the weeks of fourth grade I noticed that there had been a lot more restrictions like you are not allowed to go on the tire swing, go on top of the monkey bars, and not to go past KM, etc. Nikolai crafted this ...

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  8. Day 28: Sebastian, Sixth grader

    [ By on October 18, 2012 ]

    I've been in middle school one month, and I have learned a lot of things and taken many after school programs but none of them have stood out more than Creative Writing with Ms. Moore. Creative Writing is an after school program that meets on Thursdays. We are in charge of posting ‘Riverdale Tweets,’ which is fun. Then, we actually do some creative writing. I have been writing a short story, while some of my peers have been doing poems. I think this is a fun learning experience. It teaches writing mechanics and concepts while not stressing them too hard and lets kids write and most importantly have fun. My parents recommended this course to me, and I'm sorry I ...

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  9. Day 27: Griffin, Ninth Grader

    [ By on October 16, 2012 ]

    Today, on my scurry out of my final class, I passed the usual swarm of buses and students ready to go home, knowing full well that my day was far from over. I was done with school and onto football practice. I arrived panting at my destination, the locker room, only to learn that I still had time to make up as we’d be practicing at the lower school. I dressed in a hurry, filled a chest of ice, per freshman responsibilities, and ran to the bus as the swaying chest leaked water everywhere. Finally at practice, I faced a series of tedious warm-ups in the mud while wearing heavy padding. Next, we proceeded to line up in the form of ...

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  10. Day 26: Jesus, Security

    [ By on October 15, 2012 ]

    I’m the security guard at Riverdale Country School, main entrance. In my experience through the years that I have been doing this type of job, I have learned that today’s favor can be tomorrow’s obligation. When you allow people to do certain things on one occasion, they expect that this is going to be all the time. And when you inform them that this is not the case, sometimes they catch an attitude or get a fit. It’s like trying to take candy away from a baby. That is why I try to keep steady rules in place to avoid this type of conflict. People know what they can expect from me all the time. This is my way to ...

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