Hall Middle Through the Eyes of Our New Teachers

 IMG_5293New Cougar energy radiates between Mt. Tamalpais (in the fog) and our very own “milpa” (cornfield)!
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Gigi Legnitto, Physical Education
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 Zach Metz, Science 7 & 8
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Kat Tobes, Math 7 & 8

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