We have so much to look forward to at Dublin School in the coming year. While it is dark outside, I can see our boarding students pulling up to Lehmann House after their holiday vacations. The faculty started the year today with a full day of meetings. This morning we spent three hours with Peter Eppig who is the founder of the Critical Skills Program at Antioch University. A number of our faculty have studied with Peter and I can see why he came so highly recommended. In our effort to continuously add learning strategies to our teaching quivers, we asked Peter to speak to us about his use of problem-based learning in the classroom. Peter encouraged us to use content and course specific "challenges" to inspire and engage our students in a student-centered classroom. We even collaborated in making up challenges for our various courses. Science Department Chair Katri Jackson and I, for example, are going to challenge her Environmental Science students to develop a presentation to our Board of Trustees about environmentally sustainable and cost effective uses of energy on campus. We left these discussions inspired and eager to get back into the classroom.
English Department Chair Stacia Tolman spoke to us this afternoon about our school writing initiative. We discussed challenges and opportunities for teaching writing across the curriculum. A number of great ideas were generated through our "group think." Finally, Dean of Students Eric Nemitz met with all of the dormitory parents to discuss the upcoming winter months. It was a great day and I am fortunate to work with such a dedicated and student-centered faculty.