First Night With The 2012-2013 Kennedy House
For the past two years I’ve been an assistant housemaster in a boys freshman dormitory. Despite the fact that it’s called “a house”, it is, functionally and aesthetically, a dormitory. A month ago I moved into one of the traditional dorms on campus, one which deserves the title, endearingly used in the English boarding school model: a house. Lawrenceville is on the house...
uanauen asked: Reading your most recent entry, I find myself resonating with your strive for a less sheltered life. The question of whether you're trading a tolerable burden for a less tolerable one is the one I ask myself every day when I consider options for my future. My question is what do you think is the source of the angst we feel to uproot, to experience the grittiness of life, as if the one we are...
I got back yesterday from a 3-day wilderness trip with new sophomores. I may have poison ivy. Today is student move-in day.
To paint, you gotta sweat your mind.– Clementine Hunter
What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas,...– Eugene Delacroix
Who's from New Jersey?
…and what part are you from?
It’s nearly 4:00 am and I can’t sleep. I’ve been tossing and turning all night, and I’m not sure what it is. Could be some leftover jetlag from summer travel, could be anxiety about starting department meetings tomorrow and school in the coming week. Could be some deep seated stuff, like the fact that with every meeting and every interaction with colleagues, I’m...
...and so it begins.
Had my first back-to-school meeting today with the Residential Life team. All the housemasters and assistants met and discussed what kind of culture we have here at Lawrenceville. Over the summer we read “Whistling Vivaldi” a book, which details the reality of stereotype threat, a phenomenon in which members of minority cultures’ performances are impacted when cultural cues...
What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's... →
teachingliteracy: For starters, Finland has no standardized tests. The only exception is what’s called the National Matriculation Exam, which everyone takes at the end of a voluntary upper-secondary school, roughly the equivalent of American high school. Instead, the public school system’s teachers are trained to assess children in classrooms using independent tests they create themselves. All...
picasodali asked: how do you keep up with your inspiration i love to draw but most of the time i cant come up with thing to do just and advise by the way your art is amazing. im burning in jealousy lol just kidding but i like your drawings a lot
just had one of those nights.
Foreshadowing a new chapter
It’s official. I just sent off the following email to my headmaster and other trusted/connected colleagues. The journey begins. Dear colleagues, I wanted to take a few moments before the year officially begins to inform you that the 2012-2013 school year will be my last at Lawrenceville. I know I am letting you know rather early, and I’m doing so for my own organization and...
How can you preserve a culture when a process of...
Tomorrow I leave the CERS center in Shangri La, Yunnan Province China, after a ten day experience chaperoning 6 students along with two other colleagues. CERS, which stands for China Exploration Research Society consists of a small group of researchers and explorers dedicated to preserving, in whatever way they can, the cultures of ethnic minorities in China, many of which are rapidly transforming...