Category Archives: Teaching

Thoughts to Open a New School Year

The following remarks were shared with faculty on Aug. 29, 2014: When I gave my speech at commencement last May, my focus was on the skill sets that our graduates will need to actually fulfill the mission of the school … Continue reading

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Dance Takes the Next Steps

Dance teacher Jillian Grunnah has an even bigger smile than usual these days. She will be able to teach in a brand new facility by this time next year, accommodating a growing program and rooting dance in a fully dedicated … Continue reading

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Hope and Anxiety

“The popular media reflect a cultural and psychological landscape,” argues Pat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in a March online newsletter article. Bassett says that the movies and TV shows that are made and consumed … Continue reading

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Why Teach?

Every head of school at Nobles has been a classroom teacher. Every one. Teaching has been an important part of the personal and professional identities of each leader. Former headmaster Dick Baker, in fact, continues to teach at Nobles, working … Continue reading

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Nobles Grad Kozol Inspires in Latest Book

Jonathan Kozol ’54 has been one of the most prolific, inspiring and gifted writers on the subject of education in this country over the last half-century.  He is also one of the most extraordinary graduates of Noble and Greenough School. … Continue reading

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Recognizing Transformation

In the fall of 1973 I arrived as a brand new member of Class III at Noble and Greenough School.  I was not entirely sure I wanted to be at the school, as I was leaving behind a very close … Continue reading

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Why Great Schools Are Often ‘Subversive’ and ‘Countercultural’

In 1969 Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner published the book Teaching as a Subversive Activity.  I was first required to read this book as a member of Class III at Nobles in Dick Baker’s English class in the fall of … Continue reading

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One of My Favorite Teachers

I was not quite sure what planet I had landed on as a brand new member of Class III at Nobles in the fall of 1973, just arrived from a large public junior high school.  Nobles was all male at … Continue reading

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Teaching, Change and Nobles

The craft of teaching is still, at its core, very much the same as it was when I was a high school student.  And yet, it has also been transformed, requiring skills and adaptations that were only on the fringe … Continue reading

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