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Clapham Blog

Hillsdale Salvatori Prize Acceptance Speech

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 reaches back to the past and its...

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...

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...

Literacy and Orality

by Jason Barney, Latin Teacher

In our previous post, “Literacy and Society”, we began to argue that we should think of literacy more as a continuum, admitting of perpetual improvement, than simply a skill to be mastered in the early years of school....

Children as Persons: Intrinsic Motivation

by Christine Escareno, Director of Instruction (Lower School)

The teacher looked up from the student’s written narration. Her smile, her eyes, her gentle nudge communicated authority with a knowledge of that child and expectation for his work. The...

Literacy and Society

Literacy is a functional necessity in our society today. It was not always so. There was a time when an American farmer or craftsman could live a successful life in dynamic engagement with his community and never be called upon to write more than...