The First Chapter
Welcome to The First Chapter by Silvia Davis, Head of Lower School, a blog featuring stories about our youngest students.
“I just want to say thank you. I had a good time. I would still rather be at school for Field Day, but I had fun dressing up my dad and playing the fun games. So, I just wanted to say thank you.”
Quotes and verses help us find words when we don’t have them ourselves. Rumor has it country singer Dolly Parton is quoted as saying, “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” Though, recently I found another reference that it was the poet George Herbert who deserves the original credit saying, “Storms make oaks take deeper root.”
At times, we find that it is helpful to see things not only through mirrors but as well through windows. Another voice, or in this case other voices, can bring light to the nuances of a topic that one may have never considered themselves. With that, I turn this month’s blog over to the fifth grade teachers, Liz Schultz and Tim Head, and their students.
“But, Thanksgiving is more than eating… we should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving.’”
What do you mean by ‘pioneering thinkers?’ After walking through the Lower School, we sat down in the Lower School Library and talked in more depth about some pedagogical and philosophical questions the parents had for me...
The summer provides the opportunity for more reading. The author Jeanette Walls aptly phrases it in her memoir, The Glass Castle, “One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
“Ever since I came to school here, I like to come to school now.” Recently, I was interviewed by two fifth grade students as a part of their Capstone Program. This year, we made some shifts to the program by working from an essential question. The idea was to allow students to dig deeper...
As a young child, I was asked the question millions of children are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’ll let you in on a secret, I didn’t say “a teacher.” It’s not that I didn’t play school with my dolls, because I did...