Why should our youth be physically active and play a sport? Well, playing sports helps your brain grow! Research has shown that exercise increases blood flow to the brain. Playing sports helps the body build more connections between nerves, leading to increased concentration, enhanced memory, stimulated creativity, and better-developed problem-solving Continue reading Break a sweat, increase your brain power!
The Wellesley dump, or the Recycling & Disposal Facility (RDF) as it is officially known, is one of my favorite places in town. It also happens to be one of my favorite places to take my artists. Sure, I love visiting the many renowned and cutting-edge museums and gallery spaces Continue reading Time with Waste is Not a Waste of Time
There is generally something I experience in each of my days working at Dana Hall that makes me remember something fondly from my own time as a boarding student in Sedona, Arizona. The two places couldn’t be any more different, but the heart of the experience is so much the Continue reading Throwbacks Aren’t Just for Thursdays
One of the things I love about my job as Director of the Upper School at Dana Hall is that I get to be all over campus — in classrooms, in performance spaces, in the gym, in the Student Center. But when I do sit at my desk in my Continue reading Wisdom on a Bulletin Board
Anyone who has wandered into Bardwell during the past couple of weeks might have noticed the emergence of portraits slowly taking over the space. There are 45 portraits in fact, representing women in politics throughout America’s history. From Abigail Adams to Nancy Pelosi, these faces helped shaped our country, and Continue reading Not sick of politics yet?
The following is the Benediction delivered at Dana Hall Family Weekend Convocation on October 25, 2019. I am an art teacher, and although they say a picture is worth a thousand words, convocation speeches generally require language, and anyway, I forgot my paintings this morning, so you will have to Continue reading Art, Kindness and Connection
Begin at the beginning. Why not begin at the end? Why not shuffle the order, turn the whole story upside down? What do you want to say? Where is the moment of change? What do you really want the audience to come away with? These are some of the questions Continue reading Share Your Story
As teachers, the thing we do most often is talk with our students. We talk with them in class, one-on-one, after class, at Conference Period, in the hallways, around campus — we talk with them everywhere. Perhaps the most significant teaching tool we have is the conversations that we have Continue reading The Power of Interactions
EIGHT DAYS AND COUNTING! In a little more than a week Dana Hall will welcome families from near and far to celebrate Family Weekend. My unofficial countdown began nearly three weeks ago when the Chair of the Parents’ Association dropped off a “Family Weekend countdown timer” as a joke. It’s Continue reading Making Magic Happen
We’ve been hearing a lot about walls these days. What is the purpose of a wall? Should a wall be celebrated or condemned? Hadrian’s Wall was built in Brittania, in what is now Great Britain, in 122 CE at the command of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The 84-mile-long wall was Continue reading What I Learned from a Wall