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Today was the day, I ...

One afternoon I was stopped by an upper school student taking a photography class. She wanted to photograph me as one of the faces of Wooster. She took my picture and then simply asked, “What was the best part of your day today?” Without hesitation, I said, “Finishing Yellow Star with my students.” …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning on Friday June 16 at 11:32AM
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Ni-Hao! My year of novelty, learning, and bravery

This year for me at Wooster has been all about novelty, learning, and bravery. In my four years at Wooster, I have been a Spanish teacher for two years, an Upper School Dean for 2 years, and now, in my fifth year, I have taken on College Guidance, as well as coordinating Equity & Inclusion …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Thursday May 25 at 12:19PM
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Into the Woods

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. -John Muir

I have always loved the outdoors. As a boy I spent many summers exploring the woods, mountains, and lakes in New Hampshire and Vermont, either with my family or at a boys camp. I love hiking, camping, and swimming in …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Thursday May 18 at 02:26PM
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From The Bluest Eye to Hillbilly Elegy: How Student Choice Enhances my Teaching of Literature

Two years ago I took a class at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English called Reading America that changed the way I look at literature and how I organize my classes at Wooster. Will Nash, my professor, created a learning environment that was decentralized and egalitarian in structure. Each …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Thursday May 11 at 01:02PM
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Three Spaces, Three Divisions, Three Hats, Triad, Trinity….Trifecta

tri·fect·a
trīˈfektə/
noun

North American/Australian/New Zealand
  1. a bet in which the person betting forecasts the first three finishers in a race in the correct order.
    • a run of three wins or grand events.
    • "today is a trifecta of birthdays"

I have just begun my third year at …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Friday November 18, 2016 at 02:03PM
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From Librarian to Animator

As the 2015-16 school year came to a close, instead of wrapping up the final details in the library as usual, I found myself among a lively group of my fellow Wooster teachers, participating in an engaging and fun full-day workshop on teaching Animation. Taking on the role of learner, with my …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 11:16AM
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The Teacher as Learner at Wooster School

Teaching is a human experience. It has been said that "you teach what you are." Here at Wooster, teachers are examples of how learning works. We inquire, explore, examine, process, consider, and we reflect. We nurture the skills, dispositions, and knowledge of our teachers as much as we do from our …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning on Tuesday August 30, 2016 at 10:23AM
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