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Schoolwork with an Audience

I had the pleasure of watching BUA’s annual Concerto Competition on Tuesday. Three students competed, one on saxophone, one on clarinet, and one on violin;...

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Why I Visit Classes

One of our long-time teachers recently asked me why I visit classes. My practice is to pop in for 10-15-minute observations of each teacher at least once per...

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What Sports Can Do

Last Friday night, the girls’ soccer team won the league championship in a hard-fought 2-0 win. It was a cool 45 degrees on the metal bleachers, but the...

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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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