On the first day of school in a typical year, the entire Middle School community gathers together in the Multi-Purpose Room for an assembly. I begin by greeting everyone and asking all of the adults to stand in their spots around the room. “Every one of these teachers is your Continue reading Here for Each Other
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
Baseball legend Yogi Berra was famous for his funny quips and words of wisdom. One of his well-known lines is, “you can observe a lot by watching.” After occupying my office in the Middle School for well over a year now, I would add that you can also hear a Continue reading From Where I Sit
I know that I am not the only educator who turns to metaphor when I talk about our work. There is something about the process of education, and the powerful feelings it engenders, that leads me and many colleagues to look for comparisons and themes from other contexts. We talk Continue reading Of Poetry and Adolescence
I am a lifelong Red Sox fan. Despite the fact that my beloved team did not win a World Series until I was in my 40s, I followed them through decades of near-misses, tumultuous seasons, management changes, ace pitchers and local heroes, loving the game even when the Sox did Continue reading Dragons are Real
I recently had the opportunity to join an Admission tour with a family who is considering Dana Hall School for their daughters. A highlight of the experience for me was a brief exchange between the prospective 5th grader and the poised, confident Upper School ambassador who accompanied us. As the Continue reading “Play Among Things of Beauty:” Joy, the School, and the Community
Sixth graders are immersed in the science of simple machines, which means that Cat Blakelock’s classroom is the scene of flying marshmallows, bottles of glue, loads of popsicles, and frequent shouts out of discovery. Girls trek around campus measuring stairs and plotting data on graph paper. The essential questions at Continue reading If I had a hammer…and a marshmallow…and some teammates
I always wear a new dress on the first day of school. It’s a tradition dating to my earliest childhood. This year’s “back-to-school” dress is hanging in my closet now, a cheerful sight each morning that helps me count down the days until September 4. While not everyone shares my Continue reading What are you wearing?