Podcast Drop: “Centering Relationships,” Featuring Ian Symmonds

Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators is excited to release our second set of episodes about this unique moment in the education landscape featuring the ideas and expertise of consultant, author, and ed-activist, Ian Symmonds. Ian’s experience in senior positions such as executive director and dean spans over 30 years, and he has workedContinue reading “Podcast Drop: “Centering Relationships,” Featuring Ian Symmonds”

Launching Season 1 of “Innovate & Inspire: A Podcast for Educators”

The i2 (Inspire & Innovate) blog has highlighted the ideas and experiences of faculty at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School ideas since August 2019.  Today we are excited to launch Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators.  In our first twelve episode series, we explore the nuances of teaching and learning during this challenging past yearContinue reading “Launching Season 1 of “Innovate & Inspire: A Podcast for Educators””

Words to the Wise: Inspiration from Veteran Teachers

I’ll never forget a moment when I was seven or eight riding in the gray Plymouth Voyager minivan and my mom, for the millionth time, explained the meaning of a word I’d encountered in my (fifth) re-read of a Babysitter’s Club book. “I don’t get it, Mom,” I said, “it seems like you and DadContinue reading “Words to the Wise: Inspiration from Veteran Teachers”

From Page to Screen: Exploring Faiths through Video Production

Blog Contributed by Rev. Annie Elliott Over the past year, I’ve learned that creating concise, informative, and engaging content requires a variety of skills and a tremendous amount of planning.  This summer, as I wrote the syllabus for my World Religions class, I reflected on both the knowledge and the abilities that I wanted myContinue reading “From Page to Screen: Exploring Faiths through Video Production”

On Movie Soundscapes & Growing to Trust Ourselves: A Conversation with Ray McFarland

Ray McFarland is many things.  He is an award-winning, beloved faculty member.  He is an accomplished actor and singer.  He is keeper of our beautiful Center for Performing Arts. He is the first to remind colleagues that “our St. Andrew’s community is a family.”   But one thing he would be the first to pointContinue reading “On Movie Soundscapes & Growing to Trust Ourselves: A Conversation with Ray McFarland”

Dante’s Inferno Meets Meme Culture

Like it or not, memes are a firm part of our culture. They can be offensive, problematic, overly-simplistic, derivative, and we could all go on with some not-so-nice adjectives. But they can also be incredibly witty, weirdly compelling and sometimes poignant, and they are most certainly quickly digestible and easy to share/adapt for other purposes.Continue reading “Dante’s Inferno Meets Meme Culture”

On Teamwork, Survival, & Homework that Energizes

I don’t know about you all, but the theme of 2020-2021 has felt a lot like survival.  As if global pandemics weren’t enough to reckon with, we are all just now thawing out from a freak February ice storm.  So in more ways than one, it seems completely apropos that eighth graders are currently steepedContinue reading “On Teamwork, Survival, & Homework that Energizes”

Textbook Transformation: Ninth Graders Address Bias in World History

Blog authored by Emily Jones Even though I teach world history, my course, like many other “world history” classes, still favors Western history more heavily than any other area. I would blame that on my backgrounds in both Classics and medieval European history (it is true that I can provide a depth of knowledge inContinue reading “Textbook Transformation: Ninth Graders Address Bias in World History”

Darin Maier’s City Video Project: Teaching as Indigenous Creation

I first learned about Darin Maier’s City Video project the way I learn about most everything of worth on campus . . . in a google chat message from the fabulous Hollie Marjanovic: “You need to showcase Darin Maier’s city video project from his US History class!  I just watched one and it was awesome!!!!!!!! Continue reading “Darin Maier’s City Video Project: Teaching as Indigenous Creation”

Spreading the Love as We Wave Goodbye to 2020

One of our 2021 i2 New Year’s Resolutions is to get this blog active again, reinvigorated with regular bursts of faculty voices and ideas. But make no mistake.  The low quantity of verbiage in the Fall 2020 i2 blog in no way correlates with the quantity and quality of innovation that has been going on inContinue reading “Spreading the Love as We Wave Goodbye to 2020”

5 Big Ideas for Teaching & Learning During this Election Season

Idea 1: Take some time to reflect on your role in helping students navigate these times. PD Café: Reflect on your role as a faculty member in challenging class conversations with these professional development questions/activities from the Fall 2016 issue of Teaching Tolerance . Teach 2016: This feature from the Fall 2016 issue of TeachingContinue reading “5 Big Ideas for Teaching & Learning During this Election Season”

i2 Resources for You: Wellness Edition

“We are rescued by love when someone bequeaths dignity, worth, recognition, gratitude upon us, encouragement for us because of who we are and what we do. We simply cannot grasp this alone: that we are precious, and amazing, and of inestimable value, unless this truth is mirrored into our being by another person. We needContinue reading “i2 Resources for You: Wellness Edition”

i2 Resources for You: Innovation Edition

This year is going to be interesting. After looking at all the possibilities and combinations of plans, I built a mission statement. Resources are not unlimited. Time is in short supply. Making decisions requires clear and understandable guidelines. This year to be ready for what could happen the mission is for every workflow, resource, andContinue reading “i2 Resources for You: Innovation Edition”

i2 Resources for You: Inclusivity Edition

“Every student in our classroom has the ability to engage with the material and ideas we present.  Allowing  choices and student agency in how they demonstrate their knowledge and abilities might just blow your mind–in a good way.  Research has shown again and again that those with learning issues that might prevent them from beingContinue reading “i2 Resources for You: Inclusivity Edition”

i2 Resources for You: Diversity/Equity Edition

 “We as a faculty not only are teaching and preparing our students to be leaders in the world, but want them to know they are seen, valued, and heard in our classrooms. We want them to know that this is not just a safe space but it is also a brave space.”   -Sarah Spann,  DiversityContinue reading “i2 Resources for You: Diversity/Equity Edition”

Playful Experimentation: Middle School Faculty Take On Virtual Learning

I have three children, and, despite the fact that it has largely been debunked, I still find the literature on birth order fascinating.  And although middle children often get a bad rap, I have found that my cream-in-the-middle-of-the-oreo son has reaped all sorts of benefits from entering the world between two very opinionated sisters.  HeContinue reading “Playful Experimentation: Middle School Faculty Take On Virtual Learning”

Keeping it Real: Upper School Faculty Make Strides in Virtual Teaching & Learning

In my past life, the one in which people called me Dr. Rust and visited my office hours and I was always grading-grading-grading, I would often lament the fact that my undergraduates in Jackson, MS were just so dang polite.  It wasn’t the repeated “Ma’ams” that made me feel ancient or the way people rushedContinue reading “Keeping it Real: Upper School Faculty Make Strides in Virtual Teaching & Learning”

Remembering Schooltopia: Fostering Inclusive Fifth Graders through Project-Based Learning & Collaboration

Lately I’ve been having a lot of school dreams.  The plot lines are usually illogical and impossible to follow, but they have one thing in common: I am surrounded by lots of people with no need to concern myself with six feet of social distance.  Perhaps this means we are all ready for a tripContinue reading “Remembering Schooltopia: Fostering Inclusive Fifth Graders through Project-Based Learning & Collaboration”