Civil Rights Class Week 6

I forgot to post this before spring break. Southern novelist William Faulkner’s famous line saying “The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” is usually interpreted as a reflection on how the evils of our history continue to shape the present. But Faulkner also argued, equally accurately, that the past is “not even past”Continue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 6”

Of Women and Salt

In Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia all in the voices are of women and the stories all center around women. The faculty book club at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts choose the book for their March selection. It is an intergenerational novel, centered around Jeannette, a young woman struggling with addiction, andContinue reading “Of Women and Salt”

Sixth Grade Latin

When I have time, I enjoy hanging in classes at the Rivers School, in Weston, MA. This is 6th grade Latin. All sixth grade students are required to take Latin 6. This course uses the Cambridge Latin Course, Unit I, a text that offers a flexible, dynamic approach to studying Latin. From the outset, studentsContinue reading “Sixth Grade Latin”

Middle School Mafia

When I subbed a Middle School Theater Arts class recently, the students played an improv game called “Mafia.” Improvisation is the the ability to take existing pieces and put them together in a new combination for a purpose. Improvisation teaches students how to make decisions quickly, how to keep calm in a fast and emotionalContinue reading “Middle School Mafia”

Civil Rights Class Week 5

More than 1,700 people who served in the U.S. Congress in the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries owned human beings at some point in their lives, according to a Washington Post investigation of censuses and other historical records. When Congress voted on the 1820 Missouri Compromise, which prohibited the expansion of slavery in theContinue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 5”