I don’t know about you, but when I used to teach middle and high school English, I felt the visceral weight of all that I wanted students to accomplish as a result of my class: vocabulary, speaking/listening, comprehension, literary devices, love for reading/writing, basic knowledge of literary canon, openness to diverse perspectives, writing, multimodal design, discussion skills, and on and on and on. If you are where I was, it may be nice to know that you are not on your own. We have some incredible support on this campus through the Writing Lab, the Math Lab, and adults that train and build these programs, like Jennifer Gunn and Hollie Marjanovic!
The image above features Writing Lab Fellows showing tenth grade students how to set up a historical essay. They answered questions and did a whole group essay outline. Next, some will return to work individually with students on essay outlines that they start tonight. If you have interest in working with the writing lab, just email email@example.com. Don’t forget that Math Lab Fellows can also help in classrooms. In the past, we have had them to help specifically on test review days. For help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy Davis at email@example.com. Do your students need more help with study skills broadly this year? Email Hollie (firstname.lastname@example.org); she loves to go into classes and help with study ideas, note-taking, active reading, and organization. Think this is just all about upper school support? We now have math and writing lab fellows working with middle school students one day per week, so middle school teachers don’t hesitate to reach out!