By Leandra Merea Strope, Music Specialist

(I’m new here.)  Again and again, it happens — a student comes to me with a question, and then as I’m standing there trying to give her an answer, she turns and dreamily walks away, usually to the water fountain, completely oblivious to my attempt to address her concern.

Work away! Work away!

By Camille Perkins, Toddler Teacher

I love group time in our toddler environment. It can help ground the children at the beginning of the day, become a learning platform for a new concept, and it can bring us together as a cohesive community. It doesn’t take long for children to come when we ring the bell and begin singing the “Work away” song.

The Affective Component of Learning Science

By Derek Starkenburg, Adolescent Math/Science Guide

One of the most important affective components of learning is seeing a subject made accessible and invigorating. If students can be introduced to a discipline in a manner that is engaging and developmentally appropriate for their plane of development, they can establish a keen interest in a topic and a heartening sense of delight regarding that subject, rather than a fear or disdain for it

The Joy of Self-Expression Through Art

By Holly Dykes, Art Specialist Teacher

While in grad school, I worked in a library. It had recently been built and decorated in, what I thought, a pretty wild fashion—fuchsia and orange, hot pink and neon green, stripes, and checks.

If You Give a Toddler a Ball

By Tim Daniel, Head of School

(With apologies to the great Laura Numeroff)

If you give a toddler a ball,
he’ll probably just throw it over the fence
expecting you to pick it up
and give it back to him.

Grace and Courtesy in Elementary

By Kalpu Shah, Upper Elementary Program Director and Teacher

Grace and courtesy in the elementary years. How does the refinement of grace and courtesy survive into “the age of rudeness,” you might wonder?

Working with Others

By Catherine Swanson, Lower Elementary Teacher

A student in my lower elementary class came up on the playground one day to ask, “Can you give me some advice on what I should say to my friend?”

I Don’t Want to go Outside!

By Adam Miller, Primary Teacher

This is exactly what a three-year old student said to me five years ago.  As a child of the late 70s, this comment made no sense to me whatsoever. However, it did make me think about how times have changed since I was a child.

Grace and Courtesy in a Montessori Classroom

By Annie Green, Primary Teacher

There are many pieces of a Montessori environment that set it apart from your typical classroom. From the way the children independently work at woven rugs and wooden tables, to the way the teacher gives lessons to only a few children at a time, there are multiple things an observer would notice as unusual when comparing it to other types of schools.