Collaboration & Innovation with Mrs. King

Sometimes, in the thick of things, we have to come up with innovative ideas to get students wrapped up in the lessons we teach or the books we’re reading. And as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and coincidentally, invention and innovation both begin with the letter I and they’re synonymous, accordingContinue reading “Collaboration & Innovation with Mrs. King”

She Contains Multitudes: Meet Claire Whitehurst

Authored by Marty Kelly Claire at work “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” is a laughable sentiment for most St. Andrew’s faculty, particularly for Claire Whitehurst, one of our Upper School art teachers and an artist herself. This SA alum (‘09) gets her artist blood honest–and got it early too. When a youngContinue reading “She Contains Multitudes: Meet Claire Whitehurst”

It Takes a Village: Resources on North Campus to Support Your Learning Goals

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,Continue reading “It Takes a Village: Resources on North Campus to Support Your Learning Goals”

Let’s Be Real: What Teachers Need

I’ve heard it again and again from faculty. Different words, sure. Different tones, different rifts on the same melody. But the gist is the same: “Julie, I know you mean well, but I don’t have time to read those emails you send out.” “This year is somehow much more stressful than last year.” “Anytime youContinue reading “Let’s Be Real: What Teachers Need”

The Art of Visual Note-taking

Contributed by Jessica Farris Meetings, meetings, meetings. Perhaps you, like early childhood music teacher Susan Lawler, are a natural at note-taking. Any time I see Suan jotting away on her yellow legal pad, I am intensely jealous – her notes thorough, her penmanship pristine. Her green Ward planners are just as thorough and perfectly catalogedContinue reading “The Art of Visual Note-taking”

Meet the Faculty in Foundations

Some of you might be wondering, what is going on in Foundations? What type of learning takes place for the youngest members of the Saints Community? We are an Early Education program for infants to 2-year-olds and are bringing innovations to the way our students learn every day. We have been growing as a programContinue reading “Meet the Faculty in Foundations”

Meet and Greet (the) Dawn

Posted by Marty Kelly Teacher, writer, singer, cyclist, traveler, and newest addition to St. Andrew’s Upper School English department, Dawn Denham is, above all, a storyteller. And an honest one at that. Despite the fact that she had been coming to Mississippi since she was 16, “I didn’t like Mississippi,” she told me. “I hadContinue reading “Meet and Greet (the) Dawn”

“Do it Anyway”: Stories from two third year teachers

We end our mini-series, “Living it: Stories from the Teaching Life” with a laughter and truth-packed episode featuring two of my favorite humans (not to mention educators) in the Jackson Metro Area: Shamia Hopper & Lucy Kaplan.  I had the pleasure of working with both of them while at Millsaps College, and I can quiteContinue reading ““Do it Anyway”: Stories from two third year teachers”

“Meeting Students Where They Are: Mentoring as Teaching” featuring Tonja Murphy

This post was contributed by Emmi Sprayberry. This week’s podcast features Tonja Murphy, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Mississippi Book Festival. Tonja is an amazingly passionate and talented woman who uses her skills as author, consultant, and motivational speaker to give back and invest in the community of Jackson, MS. I first met Tonja atContinue reading ““Meeting Students Where They Are: Mentoring as Teaching” featuring Tonja Murphy”

Podcast Episode Drop: “Finding your Jam when you feel like an Imposter” with Josh Brister

This post was authored by Dean Julius. This week we’re pumped to release our second episode of Series 2 (“Living it: Stories from the Teaching Life”) with a conversation with Josh Brister, a great human and an even better Spanish teacher at St. Andrew’s. Josh Brister came to St. Andrew’s in perhaps one of theContinue reading “Podcast Episode Drop: “Finding your Jam when you feel like an Imposter” with Josh Brister”

Hunting for Plants: Mr. Goldsbury’s Dichotomous Key Scavenger Hunt

One of this year’s goals at St. Andrew’s is to continue engendering a collegial spirit of watching one another teach, taking what we observe, and stealing those ideas. After all, Picasso famously said, “good artists borrow, great artists steal.” And in the spirit of great artists stealing, Mr. Goldsbury’s 7th grade science class put toContinue reading “Hunting for Plants: Mr. Goldsbury’s Dichotomous Key Scavenger Hunt”

“Pure, Unadulterated Common Sense”: A Conversation with Virginia Buchanan & Harriet Whitehouse

Authored by: Marty Kelly What do you get when you interview two longtime educators? A bucket of metaphors apparently. (I hope you see what I did there.) Listening to Julie’s barely twenty-minute interview with now-retired middle school teachers, Virginia Buchanan and Harriet Whitehouse, I counted at least five analogies about teaching and school: being onContinue reading ““Pure, Unadulterated Common Sense”: A Conversation with Virginia Buchanan & Harriet Whitehouse”

Launching Our Next Series, “Living It: Stories from the Teaching Life.”

It’s that smell-of-fresh-marker-beginning-of-school-season again and Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators is back at it with a mini-series to get you back into the swing of things.  Without a doubt, our first series released last Spring (“Teaching in the Time of Covid”) remains relevant.  We are still masked, still distancing, and still very muchContinue reading “Launching Our Next Series, “Living It: Stories from the Teaching Life.””

Final Podcast Drop in Season 1: Tim Fish in “Centering Agency”

Last but certainly not least in Season 1 of Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators, we feature NAIS Chief Innovation Officer: Tim Fish.  He started his career as a 4th-grade teacher and has served as a founder, board member, and consultant for a variety of education and technology-related schools, organizations, and companies. His MagneticContinue reading “Final Podcast Drop in Season 1: Tim Fish in “Centering Agency””

i2 Inquiry-Based-Learning Fellows

Design-based thinking. Problem-based-learning. Student-centered learning. Project-based-learning. There are a host of ways to frame designing learning experiences for youth that revolve around inquiry, utilizing the general template of students: (1) Asking a question (2) Doing some research (3) Crafting an artifact or paper or project to demonstrate your sense-making and (4) Reflecting on the entireContinue reading “i2 Inquiry-Based-Learning Fellows”

“Centering Teaching by Design”: A Conversation with Michael Nachbar

This week’s Inspire & Innovate Podcast features guest, Michael Nachbar, the Executive Director of Global Online Academy, a pioneering network of schools and educators reimagining learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.  If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the brain of a teacher planning learning experiences, you areContinue reading ““Centering Teaching by Design”: A Conversation with Michael Nachbar”

This Week in i2 Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators, Charlie Jenkinson talks “Centering Relevance”

This week’s featured Inspire & Innovate Podcast guest, Charlie Jenkinson, serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA).  He believes that “schools have responsibility to act as powerhouses of social and global mobility” and he leads with a vision of ever-broadening access to and transformation of our educational spheres.  DuringContinue reading “This Week in i2 Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators, Charlie Jenkinson talks “Centering Relevance””

“Centering Curiosity” with Julie Mountcastle

We’re back on another Tuesday with another podcast drop: this week featuring Julie Mountcastle, simultaneously Head of School and Grade 2 / 3 Teacher at Slate School, a K-12 independent school located in North Haven, Connecticut.  Slate School happens to be near and dear to our hearts, as one of the co-founders, Alexander Clark, isContinue reading ““Centering Curiosity” with Julie Mountcastle”