Prep Holds Its First-Ever STEM Olympics at Winterfest

STEM-reelBy Emily Tucker, STEM Specialist

As a nod to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which ended Sunday, Charlotte Prep added an Olympic twist to our annual STEM Winterfest event! Prep held its first-ever STEM Olympics on February 8, where over 50 Prep families participated.

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Sticks and Stones…

SticksStonesBy Nicole Girvan, Head of Lower School

The lessons of childhood are nuanced and unavoidable—and can make us stronger adults. When I talk with friends and family about our childhood memories, mixed emotions hover over us. I loved my childhood and feel fortunate, but there were many challenging moments when I had doubts about the character of others or questioned my identity and place in the world.

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Learning to be a Better Teacher

faculty - Evatt_Katherine+AE551By Katherine Evatt, Lower School 3rd Grade Teacher

NOTE: Each year the Parent Association uses the funds raised at the Blue & Gold Auction and other initiatives to support professional development for our teachers. With the PA support, Lower School teachers Janie Kendrick and Katherine Evatt attended the prestigious Summer Reading Institute at Columbia University last summer. Below, Katherine shares some of her impressions about the opportunity.

I was fortunate enough to spend a week at Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York City last summer for a once-in-a-lifetime experience every teacher should have. Thousands of teachers from all over the world apply to attend the Reading Institute, led by Lucy Calkins, an internationally acclaimed professor and author who is focused on helping young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. At the Institute, we joined educators from across the globe to study methods and plan curricula, revitalize our thinking, and most importantly, encourage our students to lead rich and literate lives. We listened, participated, and collaborated each day with Lucy, her team, and other teachers on best practices and how to set students up for success.

The workshop is unique because it was modeled for us, and we participated as both students and teachers instead of just listening to someone speak for five days about the curriculum. We could ask questions directly and experience what our students would experience each day. We also received feedback when we were “teaching.”  Through my week, I made connections with other teachers who inspired me and made me better.

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What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You?

Monday Memo_ Screen Time ParentBy Evan Kurtz, Head of Middle School

After seeing Mr. Mensah’s tweet asking the question, “What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You?” I was intrigued to find out. So I went to the NPR website and took the quiz. Nine questions, and at the end I was considered, “Screen Time Savvy.” While certainly, I am pleased to hear that, I also feel some trepidation about how I answered a few of the questions, so I reflected on some of my responses.

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