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A lifetime of education

Posted by Jim Tanner on April 15, 2016

Middle School Head Lynn Goss reflects on his career in education. This piece can be seen in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of McCallie Magazine.

Where has the time gone?

Isn’t this the question we continue to ask ourselves as we grow older?

As our children begin their journey to adulthood, we continue to be amazed how quickly the time passes. One day they are starting school; the next they are graduating.

Retirement? Isn’t that something that we often talk about, but we think that it will never arrive?

We won’t ever be that old, will we? Last year, I heard a quote that rang true for me at this point in my life/career. “The days are long, but the years are short.” This statement from author Gretchen Rubin sums up how I feel at this point in my life.

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Topics: administration, Campus Life, character, duty, First Person, leadership, learning, middle school, retirement, Posts from the Ridge, O Captain! My Captain!, teachers, teaching

The McCallie Teacher

Posted by Kenny Sholl on November 12, 2015

By Kenny Sholl, Assistant Headmaster at McCallie School

Over the course of his 32-year career at McCallie, Kenny Sholl has been a teacher, a coach, a dorm head, and an administrator.
 

For the last 20 years I have had the tremendous honor and immense pleasure to visit and observe our teachers on the Ridge as they work with boys in their classroom environments. While they are very different individuals teaching a wide range of content and skills, over the years I picked up on some incredibly effective common themes that our teachers practice and share with their students on a daily basis.

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Topics: A Word to the Wise, boys, Campus Life, excellence, First Person, learning, teaching, Upper School Life

Students Need More Sleep and Later Starts

Posted by Lee Burns on January 05, 2015

By Lee Burns '87, Headmaster

The Upper School students erupted with enthusiastic applause when we announced it at the end of Chapel. Middle school students gave me high fives when I walked into their art class. The grateful emails began pouring in from parents within minutes.

No, our school community wasn’t universally excited about a recent football win. We decided to start the school day later so our boys could get more sleep.

Many issues within schools are hotly debated, with research and compelling reasons on either side. That adolescents need more sleep, and that they perform better when they get more of it, is without dispute.

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Topics: Featured, First Person, health, late start school, learning, Posts from the Ridge, sleep, spotlight, teens

"School Is Too Easy"

Posted by Billy Faires on July 10, 2012

Interesting report in the Huffington Post's Education section, "School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survay Says".

The analysis, by Ulrich Boser and Lindsay Rosenthal, found a disturbing disconnect between student engagement and test scores. Many students -- 21 percent of 12th graders and 37 percent of fourth graders -- reported that math classes were "too easy." But only 40 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders were deemed "proficient" on the National Assessment for Educational Progress math test. Boser and Rosenthal explain this disconnect by pointing to gaps between lessons and the test questions. "It's also possible that students do poorly on" the test "because they're not challenged in school," they wrote.

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Topics: academics, boys, classroom, education, learning, Posts from the Ridge

Smart Phones Need Smarter Men

Posted by Billy Faires on August 22, 2011

By R. KIRK WALKER, Headmaster

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Topics: education, First Person, learning, Posts from the Ridge, Technology

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