3/11/20 - Talk about Action!

Written by Chelle Wabrek, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs
What a week! In a rapidly changing situation I watched you all rise to the occasion in such powerful and positive ways!  HUGE "thank you"s to a facilities team that went above and beyond to keep things clean!
And to an Academic Tech team and IT Department that jumped in with both feet. 
From the business office to the board room the Lovett School came alive to find solutions that will serve our students. It was exciting to see teachers already giving some things a try. 

Planning for virtual chapels…….
…..and making sure Reflex Math skills were solid. 
Students navigated a math lesson, organizing Venn Diagrams with the properties of triangles on their desks, using PhotoBooth to take pictures with their laptops, then inserting those photos into Google Docs so each one could write a reflection of the activity. 
Students practiced peer editing using Google Drive….
….and worked to connect using Google Meet from afar to make sure they could do it independent of their teachers…..
Middle Schoolers used Scratch to celebrate Pi Day….
Upper Schoolers practiced use of Padlet to create a playlist of Odyssesus’s journey home complete with explanations about why each song was included…...
During every free period teachers could be found huddled together, planning for the weeks to come, striving to become exceedingly clear about their learning outcomes and developing unique ways to assess those outcomes. 
As we worked this week to make statements about the changing medical landscape, only to have to change those statements ten minutes after making them, the words of James Baldwin became fixed in my mind:

“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”

Thank you for proceeding with good intent, good will, and a bias towards optimism!  I am thankful to be on these shifting sands with you!

With gratitude, 

Chelle
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