Spreading Paint and Joy

memory project

One of my most meaningful teaching experiences this fall was partaking in the Memory Project with my eighth grade painting students. The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that encourages independent artists and student artists to create portraits for children around the world facing challenging life circumstances. The portraits Continue reading Spreading Paint and Joy

Developing and Practicing Compassion

students at class meeting

As a classicist, I can’t help but think of the origins of words. An interesting pair of words is compassion and sympathy. Etymologically, they are, in essence, the same word, with compassion coming from the Latin, and sympathy from the Greek. The “-pass-“ and “-path-” are linguistically connected, and can Continue reading Developing and Practicing Compassion

“Play Among Things of Beauty:” Joy, the School, and the Community

Middle School four square

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

Long-Distance Learning

English Classroom

Collaboration in education is often praised, but it is almost always fraught with complications. How do we meet? What are our goals? International collaborations are especially challenging. Over the past three years, I have worked with Ann Rooney, who teaches English as an Additional Language at The Wilderness School in Continue reading Long-Distance Learning

The Laramie Project: Live Theater as an Act of Radical Listening

student performers

Arts education, at its best, develops empathy and a sense of shared humanity in young performers and young audiences. This fall, I am doubling down on this claim as we undertake our production of The Laramie Project in the Upper School. There is an old adage in theater that “half Continue reading The Laramie Project: Live Theater as an Act of Radical Listening

Hosting Starts with Welcome

Host Family Pumpkin Image

Benvenuto,  Bienvenida, Bienvenue, Fòonying, Herzlich Willkommen, Hoan-gêng Kong-lîm, Hoo-ahn Ying, Huānyíng, Hwan-yeong, Salve, Selamat Datang, Welkom, Yindii t̂xnrạb, Yōkoso – Welcome. My first introduction to hosting an international student took place in 2005. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a family was not able to carry out their commitment to host one Continue reading Hosting Starts with Welcome

Serious work…that is seriously fun

jug band

Education is serious work. Teachers, administrators, and staff are responsible for the health, well-being, and education of young people, all of which have far-reaching consequences for the individuals, our community, and the larger society. At Dana Hall School, I often tell people that we — the adults in the community Continue reading Serious work…that is seriously fun