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

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

A Photographic Alphabet: Letters Seen, Found, & Made

ABC photo

One of my favorite assignments for my beginning photography students is the Collaborative Photographic Alphabet. Students are asked to make photographs that express individual letters. Students try to create as many letters as they can, and only a single letter should fill each frame. This is a project as much Continue reading A Photographic Alphabet: Letters Seen, Found, & Made

In the Words of the Ancient Romans

This summer I picked up a new hobby, graffiti. Of course, as a Latin teacher, I mean reading ancient graffiti, scratched into the walls, columns, and tombs of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum. I, along with 15 other Latin teachers from across the country, was fortunate enough to take a seminar Continue reading In the Words of the Ancient Romans