During Wednesday’s faculty meeting, Dr. Webster held a “debriefing” on our recent NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) conference in Baltimore. Teachers were invited to share some of the new thoughts and ideas that the conference generated for them. The conversation was animated with discussion of meaningful workshops, new insight about assessment, and creative techniques … More Springing Forward with New Ideas
Last Friday our faculty engaged in lively discussion about assessment. It was a professional development day and the Academic Council, led by Bart Griffith, posed questions for faculty groups to explore in cross divisional pairings. It never seems as if we have enough time for teachers to get together and explore topics, especially all three … More Rethinking Assessment
Every year our second grade boys study immigration. They learn about immigration in the historical sense, specifically the wave of immigrants that passed through Ellis Island in the 1900’s, as well as what immigration looks like today. The boys are fascinated with the stories they read and the role-playing that they do in the spring … More Teaching Global Citizens
Last Friday I had the pleasure of conversing with four charming third grade boys about a novel we read titled, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It was First Friday Book Club and every third grade boy was paired up with teachers and administrators (Henry Smyth was able to participate this month!) … More Fostering Life-Long Readers
Anyone who has visited the lower school recently has more than likely taken note of all the artwork that now adorns our halls. New art teacher, Trevlin Alexander, is a magician at getting the boys’ artwork not only completed, but labeled and displayed throughout the school. Sculptures fill our display cases and decorate our library … More Hooray for the Arts!
There is much talk in the news today about standing up for causes you believe in. We are fortunate to live in a country where each individual may feel passion for different issues and has the freedom to express their feelings or work towards solutions. This does not go unnoticed for our boys at Gilman … More Working for a Cause
It has now been two weeks back since our holiday break and all activities are in full swing. I mention some highlights below in my talking points, but these only scratch the surface of life in lower school! Walking the halls on any given day you would see some of our youngest boys (Prep One) … More January Resolutions