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The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a dynamic space that brings together the Windward community to exchange ideas, learn together, and grow. Through the collective talents of faculty and administrators who are teachers, librarians, curriculum specialists, and instructional technology professionals, the CTL enriches teaching, learning, and thinking at Windward.


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Monday
Oct242011

Guitarist John Stachela brings Blues History to Windward

On Friday, October 14, L.A.-based blues guitarist John Stachela visited Windward to speak to Ryan Staude's two honors research seminars.  The classes, which focus on 20th century American social and cultural history, listened as Stachela discussed the origins of the blues, and its evolution through the twentieth century.  From its beginnings at the Dockery Plantation in Ruleville, Mississippi to its proliferation through the major urban centers in the decades after World War II, no music is more evocative of a time and place than the blues.

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Friday
Oct212011

Whiteboards, Group Work, and Algebra I

Mya Caruso's Algebra class reviews by problem solving in pairs while using whiteboards.  Check out the team names on the whiteboard...pretty clever!

 

Friday
Oct142011

Snapshot of Alesia's Dance III Intermediate/Advanced Dance class on a Tuesday morning at 9 am:

Under a building of science classes, there is a dance studio that provides four upper school girls and a teacher a sanctuary from academic overload and the bustle of school.

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Friday
Oct142011

Initiative Update: Global Education

On Thursday, October 13th, the Global Education Committee met to continue its work of furthering global education.  First, the 17 member committee focused on finalizing the overall goals for global education at Windward, drawing on examples from other schools and the findings from educational research.  These goals included necessary 21st century skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, technology, adaptability, leadership, problem-solving, and initiative.  Broader habits of mind and cultural competencies also have a place in Windward's Global Education program.  The committee agreed that to be effective global citizens, students need to understand the complexity of global issues, and appreciate and respect cultural and regional differences. 

The meeting ended after an enthusiastic discussion about what makes a course of study truly 'global.'  With representatives from every department on campus, the committee sought ways to identify the components of a global course - whether those components be grounded in global content/topics, or incorporate 21st century skills. 

Friday
Oct142011

Should Everyone Have a Coach?

An interesting article from last week's The New Yorker on the benefits of coaching from Dr. Atul Gawande.  The article argues that "no matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That’s where coaching comes in."  See what Dr. Gawande has to say about coaches, teachers, and all sorts of professions here.