High School: Tom

April 12, 2012

Before spring break, Greek & Latin Roots class had just begun our “flatter your friends” chapter of euphemistic words and we were exploring the viva in convivial. Depth Psychology students in both classes have selected individuals and schools of psychological theory to research and we are just beginning Parsifal’s search for the Grail Castle to ask the Fisher King the right question and heal his wound.

Ninth Grade American English class completed their research papers with my student teacher, Jamison Raymond. At the beginning of the semester, the class chose Mark Haddon’s THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME to read, discuss, research and write about. They worked in teams of four, did class presentations on autism, and each student completed a formal and thoughtful paper. Students will miss Jamison very much, but he is continuing to offer Creation and Exploration classes before he receives his MA in Secondary English Education through the Community of Teachers in May. I have treasured being Jamison’s mentor for two years and am grateful for another successful collaboration with COT.

I’m really enjoying hosting high school junior Simone’s dad, Prof. Colin Allen of IU’s Cognitive Science Program and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, who is offering “Smart Animals, Dumb Humans?” for our Science, Math and Tech Creation classes. For the first two Thursday afternoons, we’ve learned more about anthropomorphism and the origins of intelligence.

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