Careful Observation: Art in the Academic Classroom

John Gast, American Progress (1872)

For 11 years, I taught Humanities courses at an arts high school. Due to the composition of our student body, the classes of academic teachers were somewhat naturally suffused with art of all types. In my U.S. History classes, I frequently asked my students to consider how art and media Continue reading Careful Observation: Art in the Academic Classroom

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

Software Programming is like Solving a Puzzle

student using iPad

Dana Hall School introduces software programming at various levels for grades 5 through 12. I teach several different languages such as Scratch, Python and Java. Since software programming is comprised of thousands of programming languages and dialects, it is nearly impossible to learn them all. So how does one become adept Continue reading Software Programming is like Solving a Puzzle

“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

If I had a hammer…and a marshmallow…and some teammates

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