Why Bother Teaching Science?

It’s a sad fact of teaching that students often don’t retain as much of the knowledge they learn as their teachers would like. Especially if that material is not built upon or reviewed, it can sometimes lead the despairing teacher to ask the question “Why bother?” Most people, when asked what they remember from high school biology, can tell me that “the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell” and that’s about it.  So when I began teaching life sciences at Augustine School (Natural History of West Tennessee and Biology), I was thoughtful in asking what I was trying to …

Fairy Tales: Frightful Fiction or Wise Words?

By Lindsay Carson, Pre-K Teacher If you were to do a Google search for articles on fairy tales and the modern child, many would argue that these stories are too scary for our little ones. The sentiment is understandable: remember the wolf eating grandmother and then a little girl? Or a giant threatening to grind human bones to make bread, and even a witch who wants to kill four siblings to retain her power? As scary as these stories might seem, I want to invite you to consider this quote from G.K. Chesterton: “Fairy tales… are not responsible for producing …

This Classical Teacher’s Secret Identity

By Alyssa Marshall Who taught you that music can be beautiful? I cannot remember learning that. No one taught me to listen to music or to let it take me to other places in my mind and heart. If music played, I was drawn to listen. When I was six years old and my mother put Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite on the stereo, no one prompted me to dance around the house dramatically. No one explained the musical dynamics to me; no one had to tell me, “This part sounds sad, and this part is more joyful.” As I danced, I …

Children Will Be Children

By Cathy Windham | Photo Credit: Playground Trinity Play Park 1900, Dallas Public Library Children will be Children There is a spot on a tile on the floor in my classroom that reminds me of a former student. This particular spot is scuffed and scraped and discolored from where the glaze has been permanently rubbed off the floor. The floor has been buffed and cleaned, and yet the spot remains. This former student who made the spot was a favorite! Curious, easily excited, always smiling, always talking, and always, always moving. He blessed me daily and brought me much joy! And …