For the second year, Hamlin teachers delved into reflective learning through inquiry projects that they personally designed. Teachers used data, research, and reflection, to investigate, modify, and improve their teaching practice. 24 teachers participated in the Inquiry Project Year, sharing their findings with colleagues at a year-end celebration on June 14. This reflective work serves to make Hamlin a learning institution that continues to grow and strive for excellence in a variety of areas.
The following are just some of the topics that were covered:
Michelle Lovejoy and Rachel Davis developed an interactive Outdoor Ed portal on Hamlinet that shares photos, videos, and other content from all outdoor ed trips.
Gillian Curran designed part of STEM Night to center her classroom on student-led teaching and student-created materials.
Kylie Cobb and Alison Kutnick created an interdisciplinary Social Emotional Unit of Study, specifically for Grade 1, in order to provide students with tools and life skills to support themselves in 6 focus areas: Friendships, Kindness and Respect, Conflict Resolution, Building Confidence, Feelings, Mindfulness, and Resilience.
They’re NOT mutually exclusive! The tech team @Hamlin has been working hard to transform the school from one with pockets of innovation to one that has innovation has a pillar of its culture. We do so under a stable mission statement that we work with everyday, that mission:
The Hamlin School educates girls to meet the challenges of their time and inspires them to become extraordinary thinkers and innovators, courageous leaders, and women of integrity.
Innovation often involves the use or adoption of a new idea or behavior. It can absolutely add stress – it’s hard work to keep up with a moving target. We need to keep up, for our students – and the “target” is moving faster today than ever before. The dynamic educators at the Hamlin school work joyfully after this mission, and we are blessed to work with such a dedicated group.
In addition to the stability of our shared mission the Hamlin staff also enjoys stability through the technology team. The stability of this team is an important calming factor to staff as new initiatives are rolled out. The team has worked to gain the trust of the staff. Teachers know that the tech team – all educators – has thoroughly vetted initiatives and will differentiate training to meet them where they are with respect to any new roll-out. We’ll also go at a pace that doesn’t add anxiety. I feel grateful for the 100% return of the technology team here at Hamlin (pictured) and look forward to a year stable innovation.
The Hamlin tech team aka: el equipo A