Janitorials and Jigsaws

By Marion Dear, Lower School Teacher

August 2, 2013

At school we wrapped up the week, and watched the fever pitch brewing in preparation for Saturday’s graduation ceremony. I’ve started walking to school in the morning, as the Alaska Express van is over-packed with volunteer teachers. Friday, when I arrived on janitorial machetecampus, I witnessed Heritage Academy’s version of morning janitorials. Several boys were propped in branches of trees at the entrance. They used cutlasses, what we call machetes, to prune and tidy the vegetation. What a work job! The trees and everything on campus look great, and the excitement is palpable.

Our final faculty development workshop involved a jigsaw activity, in which small groups research a topic and then teach it to their classmates. The second step pushes participants up to the top of Bloom’s taxonomy. The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Our topic involved elements of ancient Egypt. Our class of faculty worked hard together and the hour and a half workshop flew by. At the end of class, the teachers and administrators who joined us from a school in the Lake Volta region said their goodbyes and we took a photo of our group for posterity.

About Westtown School

Westtown School is a Pre-K through 12th grade Quaker, coed, college preparatory day and boarding school in West Chester, PA.
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