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
As an alumna of Dana Hall, I am often asked what makes Dana Hall special. There are a number of ways I could answer this, but I almost always immediately think of the connections that Dana Hall alumnae make with each other across decades. One tradition that connects all Dana Continue reading Class Rings: Connecting Generations of Dana Hall Alumnae
Since the language of Computer Science is sometimes like a foreign language, I have to think of creative ways to introduce some of the concepts. There are words that are common to all of the software programming languages, such as loops and conditionals. These words are easier to explain and Continue reading The Language of Computer Science
This preseason, Dana Hall field hockey players stepped into a new season and on to a brand new turf field thanks to the generosity and hard work of many members of the Dana community. This new facility signifies an investment in the School’s collective Dragon spirit and commitment to athletics, Continue reading The Newest Addition to Grove Street: A Turf Field!
Teaching languages is about a lot of things. Helping students develop communication skills in the language they are studying is, of course, a top priority. Less obvious objectives include helping students appreciate language structure and words which often connote cultural and historical details. Language teachers also hope that their students Continue reading From “What?!” to “Wow!”