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Clapham Blog

The Inspiration of the Muses

By Jason Barney, Academic Dean

From time immemorial artists and musicians, poets and playwrights have claimed that their artistic productions came not from themselves or their genius, but from some power or divinity outside and beyond them. They...

Why Shakespeare?

By Hannah Bramsen

Upper School Humanities, Class 8 homeroom, and Middle School Shakespeare director

As spring slowly approaches, and students begin to feel the February blues, there is one thing that has faithfully brightened up the middle school...

Theseus and the Minotaur

One aspect of a Clapham education that sets our school apart from many is our focus on narration. Why have students narrate? One cannot narrate well, unless one has listened and digested the information given. Narration requires the habit of...

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...

Great Literature in Film

by Heather Hagenberg, Director of Administration and Admissions

Around this time last year my husband and I learned that Hollywood would be ending 2012 with the release of, “Anna Karinena,” “The Hobbit,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Great Gatsby”...

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...