Maritere Mix headed back to “college” this summer for a full week of Latin immersion and learning methods, Conventiculum Bostoniense.
The program is designed to provide a full-immersion experience in which attendees live in a dormitory and speak the language during all waking hours. Participants attended classes with scholars from all over the world and engaged with teachers who brought the language to life. Students journaled in Latin. They composed lessons in Latin. They even experienced the Freedom Trail in Latin, challenging themselves to conduct portions of the tour themselves in Latin. Students also took on a scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts, where they had to describe works of art—all in Latin.
Ms. Mix explained that Latin is a language where the focus is primarily on reading in contrast to speaking or listening, as one might find with other languages. Additionally, the immersion provided the opportunity for her as a lifelong learner to expand her “pedagogical toolkit” and enjoy the company and solidarity of other Latin teachers.
After 16 years of teaching, Ms. Mix noted that she appreciated the opportunity to take a step back and view language learning from the student perspective. “This increased my empathy for my students,” reminding her what it might feel learning a language for the first time, and helped to highlight the importance of learning a language through multiple modalities: reading it, hearing it and singing it. “I really love Latin,” Ms. Mix stated. “It was a great experience to push myself to be a better teacher and a better Latin scholar.”
The final chapter of this professional development opportunity will include the completion of a 10-page paper to be submitted for a three-credit graduate course at UMass Boston. Thankfully, the paper will be in English!
Nashoba Brooks School employees and parents gathered at Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center yesterday for a powerful and timely presentation focused on understanding and managing anxiety by author Lynn Lyons, LICSW: Beyond Calming Down: Shifting the Anxiety Paradigm from Avoidance to Action.
This spring, the Grade 7 class at Nashoba Brooks School traveled up to Camp Takodah in New Hampshire for a two-day experience filled with team building activities and opportunities to push beyond their comfort zone.
On Tuesday, June 4, members of the Nashoba Brooks community came to campus In celebration of Merry Long and her 40 years at Nashoba Brooks School. It was a pleasure to welcome back many familiar faces, past and present, which included current and past parents, alumni, employees, friends, and family.
Throughout April and May, Nashoba Brooks School students in Grades 2 through 5 volunteered their time to the Read for Seeds fundraiser at Gaining Ground, a non-profit organic farm in Concord that helps those in need by donating all of their produce to meal programs and food pantries in the area.
On Saturday, May 19, the Nashoba Brooks School track and field team had a successful and winning meet at the Hillside School in Marlborough. Six runners from Nashoba Brooks had outstanding accomplishments.
Under the direction of Nashoba Brooks School employees, Lisa Stanley, art teacher, and, Kendra Aber-Ferri, library director and transliteracy integration specialist, Grade 8 students picked historic events that occurred during their lifetime, researched the event, and presented the rationale behind why the event needed to be memorialized
Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of Enough As She Is and Odd Girl Out, visited Nashoba Brooks School on Thursday night, February 7, for a raw and candid conversation on the challenges and mounting pressures facing adolescent girls and young women today.
The magnificent and colorful works of shark art lining the hallways of Grade 3 (a project led by art teacher Kara Angeloni-Williams) gives only a brief, but artistic, glimpse into all that transpired in a two-month unit of study on sharks.