For our new teachers’ first day on campus we decided to take a walkabout and take pictures of things that inspired/interested us and things that prompted questions for further investigation.
I took a picture of Homer Simpson under “Psychology & Philosophy” because I once read a book about “The Simpsons” and philosophy and I love the outside-of-the-box thinking that this picture illustrates. Wisdom can come from unexpected places. 🙂 I took the picture of the “Wow” sign, because it fits how I feel about moving here to Hall Middle School. I am both overwhelmed (in a good way) and excited about working here. Finally, I chose to take a picture of the Salvador Dali inspired clocks because I love putting interesting things around my own classroom. I feel like it gives my students a glimpse into my personality and humanizes me for them. Nathan Beach, SS 8
I chose a few pictures which inspired me as a new member of the Hall Middle School Team.
I chose the Gandhi Quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” because it represents my goal as a teacher this year. I look forward to being an active member of the school and supporting my students across settings.
Next I made a collage of chairs in different classrooms because I am so happy to see the accommodations that this school offers to all kinds of learners.
Lastly I shared a photo of Karmela because she is the eyes, ears, and heart of the school and I want to honor her hard work. – Amanda Schnell, Ed Specialist
As for my photos, I was inspired by the art that surrounded the school especially the large mural in the library. Art is so important for kids with special needs and extremely healing for most. I was inspired by the plethora of ipads, technology and large tvs in the classrooms. Again, another accommodation that is universally designed for all learners. I love the saying, Keep Calm and Carry ON because it is a reminder to slow down and breathe when things get overwhelming. I was inspired by the classroom setting, sliding doors, that enable collaborative teaching and partnership. I loved the outside art classroom with the large sink. Creating art in nature is grounding and gives students choice. I was inspired by the music room, diversity of instruments and the ability for students to create something magical. I was inspired by the active learning center each classroom showcased, the rolling chairs, large, removable white boards and standing desks. I was curious what students look like, how they feel when they have choices, and how they collaborate with one another, solving problems together. – Meredith Quin-Harkin, Ed Specialist
Inspiration for mixing the students up.
What type of flower is this?
Inspiration for growth.
Reflecting, for a moment, about the pictures, I will say it feels like a breath of fresh air. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see school with new eyes. Even though this is a new opportunity I really saw things with new eyes. The colors were brighter and the words had a new meaning. – Natasha Griffin, Science
No More Waiting On the World to Change – Julie Alexander LA/SS 6
Gigi Legnitto, Physical Education
Zach Metz, Science 7 & 8
Kat Tobes, Math 7 & 8