Are you fully present with your loved ones? On Sunday, I had the privilege of spending the afternoon with a group of adults and children at CNH who were fully present with one another, whether it was their child or someone else's. One of the beautiful things about CNH is that we are more than a school - we are a family. On days like the Family Work Day at the school on Sunday afternoon, you could see children helping their parents, helping other people's parents, and parents working together like old friends, even if they had just met. Witnessing [...]
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The three-day week last week was jam-packed with greatness! Third grade conducted fieldwork at Frank's restaurant, as they are learning about what people eat around the world. Mr. Smith's 8th Grade Advisory cooked a pancake and sausage breakfast for 1st Grade because they donated the most Thanksgiving foods for families. Ms. Mencer's 7th Grade Advisory hosted the Fall Festival to raise money for gifts for kids who are awaiting medical treatment. 8th Grade students, De'Quan and Seamus, organized and hosted a Faculty-Student flag football game as our own unofficial Turkey Bowl. So much greatness happening in our school! We all left [...]
Week 12 One evening, when I lived in New York City, I was sitting on the 1 train heading home after meeting up with friends after work on Friday evening. Fridays were usually a night I didn't go anywhere after a week of teaching; they were usually used to collapse and recuperate! This had been a particularly challenging week -- one of those weeks when you question your effectiveness as an educator. So there I sat, eyes half closed, on the expressway uptown, when a man approached me. "Um, excuse me," he said. With a long blink and hesitant breath, I [...]
Week 11 As a child, I remember school as something you wanted to be good at and do well in, but I don't remember school being a place where we regularly left the classroom and engaged with anything real in the world around us. As an early teacher, I thought that a room full of engaged students meant that they were paying attention and doing their work. Over the past couple of decades as an educator, I have learned that engaged might be loud, engaged might appear disjointed, engaged might look messy. What I have mostly learned is that engaged might [...]