What an extraordinary chapter of life we are experiencing together, a time where many of us are being challenged in new ways to coach our athletes, teach our students, and care for our loved ones. So many of us are under nearly identical restrictions to daily life, yet we are Continue reading Building a virtual community
It’s almost impossible not to snap during the theme to The Addams Family. It’s contagious, catchy and probably one of the most recognized TV theme songs. Visions of an eccentric crew of characters wearing all black living in a real live haunted house come to mind. When we decided to Continue reading The Addams Family Lesson
Last week I was reading some posts on a Social Studies teachers message board. A first-year teacher was asking for some advice for when her students ask “why do we need to know this?” As I went for a run, I spent some time thinking about what sort of advice Continue reading Thinking Like a Historian
LeDerick Horne, spoken word poet and advocate for students with learning disabilities, shared his personal journey with Dana Hall students in October 2019. Students listened with rapt attention, and his presentation ignited conversation amongst many about self-awareness and affirmation of their learning challenges. During the lunch following his presentation, students Continue reading On The Road to Self-Advocacy
A prospective parent recently asked, “how is success defined at Dana Hall?” Her question gave me an opportunity to explain one of the highlights of our grading practice in the Middle School. Fifth and sixth grade students do not receive letter grades on their report cards for the first trimester; Continue reading Knowing What We Know
When living in a dormitory, every moment brings a new experience. With every second that passes, there exists the opportunity to engage in impactful conversation, learn new topics, and participate in entertaining activities. It might sound like a cliche, but every second counts. The best moments are always the little Continue reading Taking Time to Chill
This December on Dana Hall’s Day of Community Learning, I was given the great opportunity of facilitating one of the workshops that would support the theme of this year’s program: “Building Bridges and Sharing Spaces.” This theme serendipitously aligned with the overarching goals of the Memory Project, an organization that Continue reading A Piece of Art, A Piece of Heart
“I just don’t have time, Ms. Davidov.” “I would, but I can’t. I’ve got other stuff I need to do.” “I used to love reading. Remember Middle School, guys?” These are comments I hear over and over again as I talk to students. Time for anything personal is sparse. There Continue reading What you shelf talkin’ about?
Swimming has always been a huge part of my identity. I joined a swim team when I was five years old, and continued to compete all the way up through college. During a peak practice season, I would often spend more hours in the pool in a week than some Continue reading Just Keep Swimming!
“So, how are things at Dana Hall?” It’s a simple question, right? Well… Should I start with the students? The curriculum? Faculty and staff? Alumnae? There are many layers of life at Dana Hall, so for me, a simple question gives me pause. My mind quickly turns to the familiar Continue reading A singular experience