TRINITY TALES BLOG
Teaching independence in first grade |
Moving from kindergarten to first grade can be a huge leap for many of our young learners. They go from a more supported and structured environment to one of confidence and independence. It’s a time when we, as faculty, help them get to know themselves as people, learners, and members of a larger community, so they can be prepared to take on new challenges in the years ahead.
For most first graders, the road to independence can come with with a few speed bumps. That’s why we give our students the building blocks for success starting from day one. Here are five key strategies we like to use in our fist grade classrooms:
Five Building Blocks for Success
1. Teach into procedures and routines
2. Set clear ……
The feeling of community at Trinity |
As I write this blog, I keep thinking about what we've been talking about in chapel as of late—community. This word around the Trinity campus can mean many things to our students, families, and parents, as well as the staff.
From my perspective, I have witnessed a great feeling of community in the sports arena this year. I have seen football and volleyball teams come together in an effort to “win;” but more than that, they have come together to be friends and teammates on both the field and the court. They have welcomed back former students and parents with open arms—even though they may now play on the opposing team, our students made sure these families did not forget their prior home of Trinity. I have also …
Honoring the commonalities and differences of three faith traditions |
Here at Trinity Episcopal School, we seek to educate as well as demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. Each year we use our Celebration of Light festivities to honor the commonalities and differences of three faith traditions, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity. Diwali, Hanukkah, and Advent all share the powerful symbol of light.
The celebration kicked off last week with Diwali. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil, light over dark. In a combined chapel, the children learned more about how Hindu families in our community celebrate in their homes and will also participate in decorating a ……
Trinity -- a place where people look, live, and believe differently |
I wrote these words in a Trinity Tales blog post about five months ago, and I’ll say and mean them again now: "At Trinity, the faculty and staff are so welcoming that it’s easy to forget that you are in the minority." At the time, I was writing about being a male teacher, but this time I wanted to write about something a little different. Not only am I a minority due to my gender, but I am also a person of color.
Specifically, my mom is from the Philippines and my dad is from England, but I get my skin color from my mom. My experience as a person of color has not always been positive, but Trinity and Austin, Texas have shown me the true meaning of diversity and inclusivity. As former Trinity …
Trinity Tornado tears through Spirit Night |
This year’s Spirit Night was one for the ages. Our campus was filled with such joy, laughter, and unwavering support for Tornado Athletics that it radiated throughout the walls of the gym, the air above the playing field, and everywhere in between.
Everyone from our littlest kindergartners to our eighth grade trailblazers joined in on the fun, with Middle Schoolers taking the lead. They painted the faces of our Lower Schoolers, handed out concessions, led the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem, and so much more. It was truly wonderful to see these kids set such a great example for our little ones. They have a lot to look up to.
While it is a long-standing Trinity tradition, Spirit Night was a new experience for many. …
It’s time for kickoff – and not just in the world of football! At Trinity, we are gearing up to host a series of admission events for prospective families this fall and winter.
Portions of our admission playbook will remain the same this season. Stacey (England) and I will continue to offer personal tours on a daily basis. We believe these “walk and talks” are a great way for us to begin to learn about your child and family. We cover the breadth of the campus – highlighting important aspects of the entire K-8 experience – so please allow at least an hour for your tour and wear comfortable shoes!
We’ve also added a new option to our playbook this fall: a Prospective Parent Info Series. The series will be offered in an informal …
Striving to build sharp intellects and compassionate hearts |
The count-down to the first day of school is now measured in hours instead of days. The talented Trinity faculty and staff, new and returning, have been hard at work to prepare for the students’ arrival and a great 2016-2017 school year. With eager anticipation, we wait for the students to enter the gates and for classes to get underway. But, first, tradition requires that on Monday we indulge in a bit of fun. New classrooms, new teachers, new and renewed friendships, lockers, and snow cones are the business of the day. We hope the rain will move on without interrupting the festivities. After Monday’s preparations, Tuesday we will be in uniform and classes will begin.
I took a ……
On April 16, Trinity’s 2016 Middle School Choir gathered in the predawn hours for their annual Choir Trip to Dallas.
The process involved three adjudicators who had copies of our music, watched us measure by measure, and graded us against the National Choral Standards. We were required to sing an a cappella piece, and to demonstrate that we can sing in more than one language, and cover a broad range of historical styles.
Our a capella piece came from Cameroon - Louez les Seigneur. Our second selection - Duetto Buffo di due Gatti - was from Rossini’s Classical period and provided humor to both the singers as we learned it, and for the audiences as the lyrics sank in. We closed our program with an exquisite setting of the Harlem Renaissance poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar: The ………
Who did it? That was the question our seventh graders had to answer as they embarked on their month-long, cross-functional effort to investigate the fictional murder of Reverend Brin Bon.
It all started in science class when they were told that Rev. Bon’s body was discovered in the campus cave. They protected the crime scene, collected evidence, and even analyzed forensics (e.g., fibers, DNA, fingerprints). Along the way, everything was logged in a detailed Group Crime Report, and as a result, a lead suspect was named – Mrs. Gaultney.
After learning there was a suspect in the investigation, students studied the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights in history class, paying particular attention to the rights of the accused, such as a trial by jury. Students discussed ……
By: Kenny Chilton (2nd Grade Teaching Fellow) and Wade Lucas (3rd Grade Teaching Fellow)
First thing’s first, we’d like to say that we are just two people in a whole wide world of elementary school teachers. We’ve both grown so much in our first year of teaching, and we’ve also both fallen in love with the profession. But that isn’t the only thing we share in common – we are both men in a heavily female dominated career.
At Trinity, the faculty and staff are so welcoming that it’s easy to forget that you are in the minority. We’re lucky to be in the environment we are. But, being a male teacher does come with its distinct differences:
- Although we’re in a minority as male teachers, we certainly don’t think we&…… …
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