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Reading On Campus And In Our Learning Environments

The topic this week is all about promoting reading on campus and in our learning environments.

Here are a few things happening around campus:

Humanities I & II Literature Circles

In grades 9 and 10 Humanities students are reading books through Literature Circles. Many traditional teachers…

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Thursday February 8 at 03:08PM
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Formative Assessment in the Wooster Classroom

Summative vs. Formative Assessment

Summative assessments are formal assessments that teachers administer at the end of a learning experience to evaluate student learning. A summative assessment is intended to reflect what students did or did not learn by the end of a unit. These assessments tend …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning on Monday January 22 at 09:57AM
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Hannah Reed '06 - Faculty Portfolio

This video is a summation of my current mindset towards my professional learning story. It highlights some recent experiences I have had that have helped me grow, and some areas I will continue to focus on moving forward. I am happy to discuss anything presented here further; you can reach out to me…

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Thursday January 11
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How We Make Our Learning, and Our Teaching, Visible in Our Learning Environments

Teachers enhance how learning becomes a visible activity in the classroom- the visibility helps develop students' capacities as well as their individual and group identities as learners.

Visible classrooms can be identified by five key principles—that learning is:

  1. Purposeful
  2. Social
Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Tuesday December 12, 2017
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Parvin Taraz - Faculty Portfolio

I created this video to share a quick snapshot my faculty portfolio. The materials and content that I highlight represent some of my proudest work and speak to my growth as an educator at Wooster School. This video captures the essence of who I am and who I want to be as a teacher-learner. Please …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Friday December 1, 2017 at 12:14PM
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The Art of Teaching and Learning Spanish

I came into this job one year ago, fresh off three years of teaching in a traditional, affluent, public school environment. In those classrooms, I spent most of my time in front of the room, telling kids what they needed to know, and using traditional methods to teach them the material. Given this, …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning on Thursday October 26, 2017 at 01:40PM
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Reading Stamina in the Lower School

Last week, Director of Lower School, Antoinette Fornshell and I had the pleasure of doing a walk through of the 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade learning environments. A special thank you to Lower School Teachers: Ted Krupman (Grade 3), Caitlin Bellagamba (Grade 2), and Stacey Koenig (Grade 1). …

Posted by Teacher Learner in Teaching, Learning, Thinking on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 10:47AM
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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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 02:26PM
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