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  • Authentic Purpose
    Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on Day 5 and these were our final hours together We were back at Fort Washington State Park and the students were busy cleaning water bottles dinner bowls equipment the objects that had been so new to us just five days ago but which had by now become a part of us our routine the things that had provided comfort in the unknown Sentimentally attached as some might be to these objects though I m pretty sure everyone was ready to wash

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  • Visit a world outside your own
    Center for Environmental Education This year kindergarten s annual Animal in Winter unit teamed up with the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CEL to enhance and expand the scope of this much beloved unit in which each girl becomes the expert on a local wild animal researching her animal and eventually teaching the class all that she has learned Looking locally the kindergarten team was thrilled to partner with the Schuylkill Center one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country Read More Around the Globe and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would

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  • Lessons that Stick
    else You are not as smart as you think Take an easier schedule to start and see how you do I don t remember the way the rest of the conversation went but I recall defending myself not giving ground that intro Chemistry would break me if I took it alongside second year Calculus I loved math and science and I was going to be a doctor no matter what this guy who didn t really know me said He was right of course I was humbled I had no idea how to study no idea how to struggle no idea how not prepared I was The real world hit me hard I made poor grades for the first time in my life and I kept working against Dr Hernandez s advice just to prove him wrong I tried Physics and Logical Math the second trimester with the same results and I realized medicine was not in my future From then on I took a course in pretty much every department looking for something that interested me but none did By the end of my sophomore year I was supposed to declare my major but I was lost and without inspiration Dr Hernandez suggested I take my junior year in France I can t I said I m on the soccer team here remember Dr Hernandez chuckled the same way he did when I told him I was a scholar at my high school But you don t play he said Sure you are on the team but you haven t played a minute and as long as Jim Kelly is here you won t Jim was the starting goalkeeper and Dr Hernandez was right he was far better than me I had yet to play a minute and I was not going to play a minute my junior year either The painful honesty hit me hard again but I did not take his advice this time either I had played soccer for a long time it was part of my identity and going to France and stepping away from the sport seemed like accepting failure I told him I wouldn t do it and he just shrugged in response a sort of It s your funeral kid You ll see I m right kind of gesture I finally declared as a history major and he and I did not see much of each other after that but I did run into him now and then my senior year and he convinced me to take a new class he was teaching Latin American Authors in Translation It was a literary course in the Spanish department taught in English We read authors I had not heard of Borges Infante García Márquez and discussed their stories in a class of no more than about ten students We would read each night and come to class the next day to share what we thought as he educated us on the social implications of the stories What questions do you have about what you read last night he d ask I usually said I didn t have any until one day in the front of the class he called me out on this Then you didn t read it he said Of course I did I countered If you can t come up with one question about what you read if you are not the slightest bit curious about anything you either didn t read it or you are simply not that smart he said How can you not have a question How can you not find something interesting in the story that you are wanting to know more about How can you not push yourself to dig Without questions there are no answers Once again he pointed out this time publicly the limits of my efforts and the arrogance in my beliefs about myself He never questioned my potential he only questioned my ability or desire to be honest with myself about who I was at those times and what I was doing about being something different A few years later I found myself in England playing semi professional soccer in the fall of 1990 because a foolish though talented coach convinced my even more foolish and younger self to give it a try Certainly my soccer career took a turn after my junior year at Davidson that allowed this opportunity to happen but the set of circumstances around it would take more space than what I have here to adequately outline Suffice it to say my soccer improved dramatically in the ensuing years though my blissful naïveté remained I was playing on a very strong club team in Sheffield while moving around to different semi professional teams One semi pro team I played for was in transition with the coach who brought me in leaving after a few games and a new coach coming in to replace him The upside for me was that the new coach was a professional goalkeeper coach a man named John Bilton The downside was that a number of the experienced players left the club when the former coach left and John brought in many of his own younger players The training I received from John was the best I had ever had and he was very complimentary of my abilities I played very well in my first game with John as coach but he sat me for the second so he could see what the backup keeper could do After this second game most of the veteran players left the club as they did not like John s style of play or his coaching I stayed on as my options as an American in England were rather more limited For the third game he brought in an entirely new back line guys I had never played with before and who I met on the bus ride to the game We were beaten 8 0 in that game The defense was in disarray the strategy confusing if existent at all I felt that my play kept it from being even worse On the quiet ride back John called me to the front of the bus and said without preamble Josh I think you should go back to America You do not have any understanding or appreciation for this game I think he went on to say that I couldn t really expect to come to this country and step in and play the game that was so foreign to Americans but I was having a tough time listening I was recalling his words of a few weeks earlier praising me as one of the better goalkeepers he had trained You are blaming me for the loss I asked Yes for the most part he said I just stared straight ahead after that and said nothing He broke the short silence by asking me So what do you intend to do I did not hesitate in saying I am not going back home Maybe I have some work to do but this was not entirely my fault I am not going home I am not giving up He said I hope you prove me wrong I don t recall if I said it or merely thought it but the words I recall in my head were I have no intention of proving anything to you I will prove it to myself Unlike Dr Hernandez John Bilton s honesty with me did not really come from a place of compassion support or education but it was not from a place of unkindness either He was simply stating reality as he saw it a painful one to me to be sure but his reality nonetheless He could have sugarcoated it and told me the team was going a different direction but his honesty is what allowed me to change my approach to how I viewed what I was trying to do and how I viewed the game that I was still really learning to play Were it not for that advice I am not sure I would have made the changes I did that resulted in a tryout with a professional team four months later I hesitate to give too much credit to either of these men for influencing the way I teach parent or ask questions the way I do but I cannot deny their influence either These relatively individual moments in time have stuck with me for years I have taken them and shaped them a bit to give them meaning for me and though they are similar in some ways I took something different from each From Dr Hernandez I learned the importance of being honest with myself and to question what I see and do if I truly want to learn anything From John Bilton I learned that being an expert does not guarantee the person is right but it is worth listening to what they have to say They give us their truths as they see them and it is up to us to take those relative truths assess their validity be honest with ourselves and find the absolute truths in them We need people around us who think we are special no matter what we do but we also need people who tell us when we are wrong and when we have failed We are lucky when we find people who can serve both of these roles because these are the people we can trust to help us to be better for their influence in our lives Back Enjoy our collection of blog posts List of 21 news stories Animals in Winter project goes on the road 3 11 2016 The Lower School for Girls signature Kindergarten Animals in Winter Project goes on the road to the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education This year kindergarten s annual Animal in Winter unit teamed up with the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CEL to enhance and expand the scope of this much beloved unit in which each girl becomes the expert on a local wild animal researching her animal and eventually teaching the class all that she has learned Looking locally the kindergarten team was thrilled to partner with the Schuylkill Center one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country Read More Around the Globe and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on Day 5 and these were our final hours together We were back at Fort Washington State Park and the students were busy cleaning water bottles dinner bowls equipment the objects that had been so new to us just five days ago but which had by now become a part of us our routine the things that had provided comfort in the unknown Sentimentally attached as some might be to these objects though I m pretty sure everyone was ready to wash their food bowls By the morning of Day 5 those bowls had become a fossil dig through four days of meals Read More Lessons from SCH s Model UN Conference 11 24 2015 Smith Hambrose Grade 12 Head of SCH s Model United Nations Program This past Saturday SCH hosted its annual Springside Chestnut Hill Model United Nations Conference SCHMUNC marking the fourth conference I have attended and my second year moderating the conference In attendance were members of varying experience levels of the SCH and Germantown Friends School s Model UN teams The purpose of this conference was mainly to prepare members of our team for future conferences and demonstrate the structure of a UN conference it was also an opportunity to learn from oneself and from others This year

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  • Service and the Global Travel Program
    SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to

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  • Outward Bound Day #5: The Stories We Tell
    expert on a local wild animal researching her animal and eventually teaching the class all that she has learned Looking locally the kindergarten team was thrilled to partner with the Schuylkill Center one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country Read More Around the Globe and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago

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  • Lessons from SCH's Model UN Conference
    Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high

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  • How I Learned to “Think Outside the Curriculum Box”
    I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on Day 5 and these were our final hours together We were back

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  • Outward Bound Day #4: A Simple Game
    and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project

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