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The Sounds of a Morning at Whitefield
In my capacity of Assistant Head of School, I experience the joy of walking through classrooms from time to time. Today, I wanted to share with you what I heard in the 15 minutes of my walkthrough this morning. In truth, nothing that follows is embellished: it genuinely represents what happens at Whitefield in the classroom on a consistent basis.
Third-graders reciting the Beatitudes from Matthew, chapter five. They are starting to memorize this passage, and will end up memorizing the entire Sermon on the Mount. What wisdom to take with them throughout their lives!
Kindergarteners sing joyfully “Oh for a Thousand Tongues” with Mrs. Martin. Some lyrics include, “Jesus! the name that charms our fears, / that bids our sorrows cease, / ’tis music in the sinner’s ears, / ’tis life and health and peace.”
First-graders were learning how to follow instructions as Mr. Appling mentored them into understanding and practicing the relationship between color and shape in watercolor painting.
Transitional Kindergarteners in library time with Mrs. Guensche listened to a story about a bunny who didn’t want to be a bunny, but eventually found his way back to himself and his home.
Second-graders were hearing the Noah’s Ark story and working on their spelling rules, learning when and how “y” is used in the English language. Seventh-graders were energetically arguing against evolution while their teacher played Devil’s advocate.
Eighth-graders were applying the Porphyrian tree in logic to understand a passage about God’s creation of the world in Ezekiel 28.
Ninth-graders listened with rapt attention to a video describing the reliability of the biblical manuscripts with respect to the “Star of Bethlehem” from Matthew 1-2 in preparation for a discussion to follow.
Fifth-graders learned about number lines and how to understand the concept of negative numbers.
That’s just a 15-minute slice of sound from a Whitefield day. Students are engaged. Teachers are setting before them what is Good, True, and Beautiful.
This is real education.
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