Academic Vigor from 30 Feet Up

Dana Hall 7th graders at TreeTop Adventures

In September, the Middle School went to a ropes course for its retreat. As a teacher new to Dana Hall, it was an illuminating opportunity to observe students in a different learning environment. I saw girls bonding, taking risks, and supporting one another. The experience was energizing, setting the stage Continue reading Academic Vigor from 30 Feet Up

Accomplishing Kindness

Field Hockey players cheer for teammates.

I read with great interest a piece published in the December 2019 issue of The Atlantic entitled “Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids: And Start Raising Kind Ones.” Written by noted organizational psychologist Adam Grant and his wife, author Allison Sweet Grant, the article makes the argument that teaching kindness Continue reading Accomplishing Kindness

Gratitude and Empathy

Colorful sunset over Dana Hall campus.

Thanksgiving provides an important opportunity for reflection and gratitude. Often a time spent with loved ones, the holiday affords us an occasion to take the time to appreciate our lives in whatever way feels authentic — to pause and feel grateful for health, family, friends and community. We practiced this Continue reading Gratitude and Empathy

See It to Be It

She Sails 2015 panel

In a recent op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Executive Director Megan Murphy wrote about the continued responsibility that we all share to teach girls how to develop, hone and use their voices. As girls and women across the globe face new obstacles and challenges, Continue reading See It to Be It

Teaching Outside of the Classroom

Dana Hall community service site

Early in my teaching career, I quickly learned that time spent outside of class with students is a powerful teaching tool. Whether it is silly conversations in the dorm, floating down a river on an 8-person raft, or working together on the basketball court, getting to know students from multiple Continue reading Teaching Outside of the Classroom