Posts in November 2012

  1. Day 52: Melissa, English teacher, Middle and Upper School

    [ By on November 30, 2012 ]

    “It’s the kids, right?” folks chime in smiling as I flounder while trying to explain what I love about teaching. And, yes, of course, the kids are a significant part of it, but just saying “it’s the kids” doesn’t capture the reason. Today, while we, my ninth graders and I, prepared to start sinking our teeth into Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, I was able to put my finger on what had previously evaded me. Before leaping into O’Brien’s masterful work on war and storytelling, I wanted my students to reflect on why we tell stories in the first place. I asked them to ruminate during a few minutes of quiet writing at the beginning of class on the ...

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  2. Day 51: Kaylee, Sophia and Susan, Fourth Graders

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    This morning we had a CCC meeting, and me and Sophia are in the CCC (and other people in our grade, too). We are getting ready for Friday's Assembly. We have to introduce ourselves, and we have a montage we are going to share. The CCC is fifth graders and fourth graders only, two representatives from each class. CCC stands for Campus Community Council. (Kaylee) Today at recess me and a bunch of my friends played Four Square and we spent a long time searching for a ball. We found one and had a really fun time. (Sophia) I missed part of school today because I was at the dentist. I felt weird ...

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  3. Day 50: Ella, Haylee, and Olivia, Sixth Graders

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    Today in Mr. Vidale's English class, we learned about how one should be an individual and not stereotypical. In The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, everyone in the book stereotyped each other. The effect of stereotyping causes many difficulties including hurt feelings and disrespect. Being an individual means that you don’t try to be someone your not and that you don’t follow society’s expectations. From this, you should take away that it’s important to be yourself and not stereotype others before you really get to know them. Ella loves her teachers because they always help and they devote their time to students; Haylee loves the campus and her new friends; Olivia loves exploring the campus during her lunch-time.

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  4. Day 49: John, Ninth Grader

    [ By on November 27, 2012 ]

    I learned that with at the drop of a hat*, you can distract an entire room full of 9th graders for at least 10 minutes straight. Like a pop quiz or that "red throat" epidemic that the nurse keeps talking about, one can never know when this WMD (Weapons of Mass Distraction) will strike. Say you are talking about, I don't know, Triangles. In a Geometry class, this seems completely appropriate (If this conversation is happening in any other class, you have a long 10 minutes to sit through). But did you know that about 50% of your geometry class each has 7 HI-LARIOUS stories that vaguely mention the aforementioned 3-sided polygon. You didn't? Well you are about to. All ...

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  5. Day 48: Laura, Drama Department & Assistant to the Head of School

    [ By on November 26, 2012 ]

    Today is the first day back after Thanksgiving break, and I confess that I found it quite a struggle to get my Tryptophan laden body and home-sick spirit moving this morning.  As I struggled to put on my socks, I wondered if arriving to work hooked up to an IV of espresso would seem strange to my co-workers.  And then it hit me: today was Monday, and Monday is a sketch comedy class day, and therefore a really, really good day.  For the past semester, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to co-teach a sketch comedy writing lab with a wonderful colleague and an equally wonderful group of funny and smart seniors. There is nothing as invigorating to me as a ...

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  6. Day 47: Taina, Twelfth Grader

    [ By on November 21, 2012 ]

    This year, I've been trying very hard to branch out and get to know the people who have been surrounding me for the past four years. During the past week, I've realized that I should have started this process a very long time ago. In September, I (much to my surprise) was lucky enough to be cast as Chris in Riverdale's fall play, Dancing at Lughnasa. The play consisted of a ten person cast, so once I was given the part, I was pretty sure I'd be getting to know the other nine people pretty well. Before I continue, I should say that I in no way was expecting to get a role, let alone a main one. It was my first time ...

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  7. Day 46: Pat, Director of Student Health Services and Hill Campus Nurse

    [ By on November 19, 2012 ]

    As I assess and administer care to those students, faculty, and staff who are not feeling well, I have learned that when someone comes to see me who is not feeling well, that person usually does  not want to hear that he or she is sick. Students can be heard telling me, "My parents want me to stay in school, I have a quiz or a test or a lab due, I have practice or a game or a tryout, or play practice." Ultimately, "I can't be sick" is the underlying belief. Parents frequently say "he/she needs to stay in school--they have a quiz, test, lab due, practice, game, the play” and often they say, “he/she is faking." Faculty and staff will often tell me, "I can't ...

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  8. Day 45: Carmen, Lower School World Language Teacher

    [ By on November 16, 2012 ]

    I often find that students and teachers and friends ask me questions that suddenly cast into doubt something I had take unequivocally to be true. While I relish these moments, depending on the context, it can be trying too. "My self imposed rule is to retain the courage of one's doubts as well as one's convictions, in this world of dangerously passionate certainties." - Eric Sevareid This week I learned the importance of doubt coupled with courage. I learned that to engage, communicate, dialogue commit to each other and our projects requires a courageous acceptance of doubts and convictions and at no point can we rest assured with certainty. Though it some much easier to say, I've taught this for x number of years and x ...

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  9. Day 44: Julie, Gaby & Brad, Fourth graders

    [ By on November 15, 2012 ]

    Today we had a buddy lunch. We had to bring a teddy bear for our buddies because it was T week for them. (Julie) Today we read about kids that have started their own business. They either sell goods or provide services. For example, one 13 year old knows a lot about what fish will bite and what they won't bite and so he sells little things to put on the end of fish hooks to catch certain fish. (Gaby) Today we had P.E. and we learned about ball control and trying to keep control. (Brad) Julie says she is very active and a great friend. Gaby says she is very funny and loves ...

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  10. Day 43: Jack, Eighth grader

    [ By on November 15, 2012 ]

    The dance-a-thon this year was a great success. There was some great effort put into this event by the Middle School Council. They worked tirelessly for this day. What I would like to share with you is how the student council created this dance-a-thon. On the first meeting we went right into the dance-a-thon. We started by listing out themes. We made a list of about 25 themes, and then the council put all the themes to a vote. The theme winner was Candy-land by a mile. Next, we divided into different committees: decorations, music, food, and games. In each committee, the group worked on a specific task. For example, the music committee came up with a playlist for the DJ. ...

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