Brain Predictions and Growth Mindsets

Math teacher helps student using an iPad

In January, the students in my Foundational Pre-Algebra class passed a key milestone in our growth as a learning community: Every student demonstrated a willingness to ask for help in the moment as they needed it. For a teacher, this is huge. It means I can address confusion and misunderstandings Continue reading Brain Predictions and Growth Mindsets

Navigating “Pandemic Learning” with a Neurodiverse Learning Profile

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Ding, ding. Ding, ding. The doorbell rang as students “arrived” and logged into the Learning Differences Affinity Group virtual meeting. Megan Anderson, Kim Stewart, Jillian DeBusk (Dana Hall’s Learning Specialists) and Erica Ramirez (Director of Community, Equity, and Inclusion) were ready to greet them.  The Learning Differences Affinity Group was Continue reading Navigating “Pandemic Learning” with a Neurodiverse Learning Profile

The Dana Hall Library, digitally reinvented

The Helen Temple Cooke Library and Shipley Science Center on opening day, October 16, 1998.

Dana Hall’s Helen Temple Cooke Library has been the warm and welcoming heart of our campus since we opened our current doors in 1998. Even before that, in the old Helen Temple Cooke Library (now our Middle School!) and the Eastman Library in the original Dana Main building, past Dana Continue reading The Dana Hall Library, digitally reinvented

Poetry Can Lift You Up, Even on Zoom

Linda Derezinski in her English classroom

As an English teacher, my favorite classes are built around interacting with powerful literature that inspires my students to passionate discussion. But distance learning makes that kind of class hard to do. As anyone who has attended a meeting on Zoom can verify, good, meaningful discussions, which are the bread-and-butter Continue reading Poetry Can Lift You Up, Even on Zoom