Teachers are Students, Too

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Last week, Upper School students reflected on the learning process. Teachers are students, too! Here are a few things they have been inspired to learn about in recent weeks:

I'm learning about great mathematicians along with the students as we read through the book, Mathematicians are People, Too. So much math can be learned from a simple math puzzle. It truly is amazing how many mathematical concepts can be wrapped up in a single puzzle. I'm learning of different ways math can be taught to students. - Mr. Schultz

I am currently reading Lutheran Education by Thomas Korcok. The book explores the origins of Lutheran education beginning at the time of the Reformation, through American Lutheranism as supported by C.F.W. Walther, and into modern times. I found it most interesting how early educational reformers promoted an education rooted in Latin and the classics. Such an education that instills virtue is relevant in any time and age. - Miss Leithart

This year, I am learning a lot about love. As I experience the wide gap between my self-centered and myopic human nature and God’s beckoning to love sacrificially, I am thinking about how to love my students and my colleagues well, as well as how I can model patience, excellence, and kindness as an outflow of that love. In this area, I have been shaped by the liturgy of weekly Matins and hymns of the week that proclaim Christ crucified, the forgiveness of sins, and our own reception of divine love. Additionally, I am experimenting with embodied projects in 5/6 grade ancient history class. I want to bring delight and a spirit of fun to historical stories while also providing meaningful and indelible experiences that spark thoughtful questions and solid learning of the material. I’m constantly challenged in thinking about how to best teach historical material to young minds! - Miss Clevenger

Last week, I learned more about St. Ambrose, the author of our Hymn of the Week (also one of the saints we commemorate in December). I didn't realize he felt inadequate for the role of Bishop of Milan, first refusing to even accept the appointment. However, this official sanction likely inspired his tremendous contribution to the Church as pastor and hymnwriter, including our Advent hymn, "Savior of the Nations, Come." It reminded me how God never ceases His work in creation, bearing the weaknesses of His children in order to reveal His strength and desire for us. - Miss German

It has been very intriguing to learn more about the process of illuminating medieval manuscripts in the past few months. The detail, vision, artistry, symbolism, and beauty are too much for me! From listening to Mrs. Habrecht teach students about some famous works such as the Book of Kells and the Book of Hours, it has been fascinating to observe the actual physical and mental labor that must be invested in this art form. No wonder some illuminators snuck tiny notes into the pages of manuscripts such as "Oh, my hand" and "Thank God, it will soon be dark"! - Mrs. Hull

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