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!
On August 27, 2020, as we got ready to open our doors to the new school year and the challenges of a hybrid learning model, bestselling author and expert on leadership development Rachel Simmons helped our parents to be thoughtful about supporting our students’ return to the classroom.
Had you asked Kaitlyn Giles McHugh as a Grade 5 student at Nashoba Brooks School what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have given three distinct answers—an architect, a lawyer, or a marine biologist.
We are pleased to announce that Grade 8 students Meredith Kenney, Tessa Renyi and Addison Boger came in third place for the CSPAN competition for their winning submission on climate change: Climate Change: What Will Our Future Be?
Grade 8 students presented a summary of their Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) experience, sharing their newly acquired knowledge of the meaning and impact of philanthropy with parents, employees, and special guests from the Foundation for MetroWest, which sponsors the YIP program.
Alumna Elisabeth Reidy Denison ‘04 has immense gratitude for having the freedom during her formative years at Nashoba Brooks School to “write more or less what I wanted.” That rare and special time created the seedbed for her remarkable and prolific writing career.
Nashoba Brooks School hosted Dr. Stuart Ablon and Ben Stich from Think:Kids, a program based in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), for a professional development session with employees followed by an evening presentation for parents and the broader community.
Nashoba Brooks School officially unveiled the new Shilling STEAM Lab, an innovation hub “where learning comes together” to advance the School’s ongoing commitment to the strategic directions of innovation, inclusivity, and impact.