Independence and Collaboration

Independence and Collaboration

For the month of April, my advisory was tasked with writing an article about Independence and Collaboration. My advisees decided to independently write about the different assignments and activities of their Eighth-Grade year and how they used independence and...
Courage and Self-Advocacy: Take the Plunge, the Thrill is Worth it

Courage and Self-Advocacy: Take the Plunge, the Thrill is Worth it

It’s September, 2014. Student Government elections are just around the corner. Izzy Wang faces a tough decision. Does she take a leap and run for fifth grade representative, or play it safe and wait another year to run. She’s excited about the idea of...
Kindness and Empathy

Kindness and Empathy

Over several years of discussing November’s citizenship theme, “kindness and empathy,” with my seventh and eighth grade students, I have come to understand a thing: kids who grow up knowing, experiencing, and practicing kindness and empathy can sometimes have trouble...
Science Fair…Engineering solutions for real world problems

Science Fair…Engineering solutions for real world problems

It’s time to start thinking about Science Fair at Shaker Road School. Our science fairs do not resemble the sea of trifold boards, stoically tended by students, that you may recall from your childhood. Inquiry is the focus for our students, as they question,...
Citizenship Themes through the Eyes of the Fifth Grade

Citizenship Themes through the Eyes of the Fifth Grade

Shaker Road School’s Advisory Citizenship Program is at the heart of our social curriculum. During the past decade, we have tweaked, evaluated, and discussed the importance of such a program and its impact on students during their time at SRS and beyond. Over...
Goodbye, Old Friend

Goodbye, Old Friend

As I look out my office window, there is suddenly more sunlight streaming through the panes than ever before. In just a few short months, the landscape has changed markedly and is forever transformed. The change was not one that anyone on campus anticipated or wanted,...
A Little Disruption

A Little Disruption

The other day at my eldest son’s club sporting event, I overheard him talking with some of his teammates, most of whom go to Concord High School. In response to a question or comment I did not hear, my son, a ninth grader at Shaker Road School, said, “There are only...
Summer “Vacation” for SRS Faculty

Summer “Vacation” for SRS Faculty

Most of us have seen the humorous quips about teachers’ energy levels by the end of the school year or the video posts on Facebook, but what happens when summer actually begins? To be honest, there is a fair amount of decompressing and enjoying the sun, but for most...
Giving Back to the SRS Community: A Parent’s Perspective

Giving Back to the SRS Community: A Parent’s Perspective

Last weekend, the Wild, Wild West descended on Shaker Road School’s auditorium as part of the Socially Shaker event series. The evening’s festivities were attended by more than 120 parents, teachers, and friends of the school…all in an effort to bring the community...
Educating Our Educators – Lifelong Learning at SRS

Educating Our Educators – Lifelong Learning at SRS

Teachers arrive at Shaker Road School each morning ready for a full day of instruction and guidance with their students. This is one aspect of a teacher’s professional life. After the final “bell,” teachers enter another important aspect of their lives as educators:...