1. POSTED ON Aug 16, 2017 IN ,

    Mentorship Fosters Growth at School

    A new year is upon us! New pencils, new backpacks, new students, and…new teachers! Most years Wellington welcomes at least a few new faces to our faculty, and you may have wondered, “How do these newcomers transition into Wellington teachers?”   We focus on helping new teachers fully understand the mission of our school and […]

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  2. POSTED ON Jul 24, 2017 IN ,

    Measuring Student Engagement in Early Childhood

    As we continue to push ourselves to be better teachers, we often reflect on our own practice. Are we meeting the needs of our students? Are we helping to establish an environment that promotes learning? These and many other questions led us through our year long journey of discovering and implementing new techniques to measure […]

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  3. Building a Girls in Tech Culture

    Where are the women in technology? What draws them to the field and chases them away? How can we, as educators and society in general, attract girls to the field? I have always been interested in the drought of women in technology that seems to be only getting worse rather than better. In 2010 I […]

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  4. POSTED ON Jun 01, 2017 IN

    A Duty to Understand

    One of the things that I love about teaching at Wellington is the freedom to develop and re-develop curriculum. Over the last 26 years, I have been able to consider options for not only a variety of trimester courses for 11th and 12th graders, but also for the English 9 and (most recently) English 10 […]

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  5. The Lasting Legacy of Con Law

    Eighth grade is an exciting year in middle school. By this time, students have learned the fundamentals and are ready to wrestle with real-world problems. At the same time, they maintain a natural curiosity and enthusiasm that makes them a joy to teach. At Wellington, 8th graders have choices through a variety of elective courses […]

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  6. POSTED ON May 15, 2017 IN ,

    Chess Reigns Supreme in Problem-Solving

    This year, I had the pleasure of teaching chess to a 4th grade class at Wellington. I had received a Student Engagement Grant to study whether chess helps children improve their problem-solving skills and meta-cognition. The grant complemented research I had done in my graduate school program at Ohio State and allowed me to actually […]

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  7. The Why of Well-Being

    Meditation and mindfulness. Breathing and balance. Emotional intelligence and engagement. Happiness and health (physical and emotional). From CNN headlines to book titles, we see more and more on these topics, in the world at large and in our Wellington community. Why? I can answer the why for Wellington. Two and half years ago, members of […]

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  8. The Freedom of Summer Learning

    Although we are extremely flexible, there is a somewhat predictable rhythm to teaching and learning during the formal school year. The summer months, however, offer the highest level of flexibility imaginable! I remember a time when summer learning was about workbooks and worksheets and flashcards. I’d like to propose an entirely different approach to learning […]

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