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Homer with a Side of Humor

I visited a ninth-grade English class yesterday. The group was discussing an early passage in Homer’s Odyssey where Telemachus, Odysseus’s son, was...

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Inclusion in Five Languages

Last year, several students teamed up with our admission officers to record video information sessions for prospective...

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Columbus Day and American Mythology

I taught American history for many years, and every fall at about this time we would have a debate in class about whether we should continue celebrating...

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The “I’m Just Not Good at Art” Fallacy

“I’m just not good at art.” How many of us have said, thought, or heard that at some point in our lives? Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of...

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Let’s Focus on Student Engagement, not Participation

It’s time to rethink the student participation grade. Every three weeks, our teachers gather after classes for professional learning meetings — a...

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Greeting Students at the Door

I begin most days standing outside the front doors of the schoolhouse greeting students. Some are just getting off the train, some emerging from their...

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On Character and Small Moments

It was a joyful kickoff to the school year here at BUA. We started the day all together, some 250 students and faculty strong, in the gym. I passed the...

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What Teachers Make

Some years ago, I watched a performance by slam poet Taylor Mali, who is also an educator and independent school graduate. He is perhaps best known for his...

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To Whom Much Is Given, Much is Expected

Yesterday, after the last day of classes, our BUA family gathered in the gym for a celebration of the year. It was filled with smiles and the traditional...

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We Have to Teach Civil Discourse, not Wait for It

Yesterday’s news about the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas came as a welcome sign after days of fear, violence, and tragedy. We extend our sympathy to...

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