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Clapham Blog

Why Fairy Tales?

By Christine Escareno, Director of Instruction for Lower School

During a recent trip to Mexico, I brought my father-in-law “Los Cuentos Completos de los Hermanos Grimm,” as he enjoys reading to his grandchildren. One night before bed I picked up the...

Cursive Handwriting

by Zach Ward, Middle/Upper School Science and Art Teacher

 

My relationship with cursive handwriting is one that is probably not uncommon to many, up to a point. It began when, in the upper half of primary school, I had to begin practicing my...

Beautifully Create As You Were Created Beautifully

By Sara M. Smith, Music and Art Teacher

In the beginning, God created…

These are the first five words of the entire Bible. We are creative people because we have a creative God. In some respects, we were created to create. How do we know this? We...

Hillsdale Salvatori Prize Acceptance Speech

by Jason Barney, Latin Teacher

I am incredibly grateful and honored to receive the Salvatori Prize on behalf of Clapham School, and for the generosity and courageous vision of Hillsdale College and Academy to be a model of educational reform that...

Moments in the Class Four Classroom

by Cheryl Ward, Class Eight Teacher 

The first thing that strikes me as I walk into Class Four is the beautiful round spider-web windows on the west wall. They look like Hobbit windows, complete with plants and flowers nestled in the spherical...

From Intelligence to Maturity

by Elise Redfield, Class Four Teacher

As students attend various field trips throughout the Chicago area I constantly hear from employees and other visitors how attentive they are, what intelligent questions they ask, and my own mother tells people...

Literacy and Morality

by Katie Hassler, Class Six Teacher

I don’t think I’d have much trouble getting most people in the Clapham community to agree with the statement that it isn’t enough just to be reading—it matters what we read.  Why, though?  Are we just interested...

Upper School: A Reflection on Summer Teacher Training at Wheatstone

by Hannah Baker, Class Nine Integrated Humanities Teacher

Last July I had the privilege of attending the Wheatstone Conference in southern California, A Noble Risk. To try to give an all encompassing overview of Wheatstone would take more time and...