Can you canoe? Your kids can!

Hi Parents,

I’m sure your adolescent has already regaled you with the highlights and travails of the canoe trip – our first big “Odyssey” of the year. From the teachers’ perspective, it was a pretty great week, too. The weather was cooperative (probably the most important thing!), friendships were forged, pranks were pulled, and all the chili at the cook-off was…edible.

I wanted to share a couple photos from our return day. These are traditional shots we take every year (at Mr. Duck’s, and the Oasis on the way home).

Have a great week!

Meg

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A Special Visitor…

I’m sure you heard about our surprise visitor on Friday afternoon: the Stanley Cup! The students were excited to say hello to the cup, snap some pictures, and even touch it. Here’s a couple shots of the whole class.

9/11/15 The Stanley Cup visits Near North Montessori for the afternoon.

9/11/15 The Stanley Cup visits Near North Montessori for the afternoon.

9/11/15 The Stanley Cup visits Near North Montessori for the afternoon.

9/11/15 The Stanley Cup visits Near North Montessori for the afternoon.

We’re off tomorrow for Wisconsin, the weather looks good! Good luck tonight with last minute packing, and we’ll see you at the bus.

Welcome to the new school year!

Greetings parents of the 7th and 8th grade!

Gregg and I are hard at work getting the classroom environment prepared for this coming school year – only a few days away! We’re looking forward to our 4th year teaching together, and we’re excited to meet our new students.

Brozes in MI

The Broz family – Olive is almost 8 months old!

Gregg's big catch: Northern Pike, about 42 inches and 21 pounds

Gregg’s big catch: Northern Pike, about 42 inches and 21 pounds

It’s never quite possible to predict what the classroom culture will be like before the social dynamics of the students and teachers have a chance to begin, but we have found that the Canoe Trip is always a bonding experience where the 7th and 8th graders rediscover old friendships, and begin forging new ones. Last year’s 8th grade made it their mission to be welcoming and kind mentors to “their” 7th graders, and we plan to foster this positive and collaborative attitude this year again.

This new blog will be a place for us to share general classroom announcements, photos, interesting articles and resources, and thoughts on education and adolescents. Blog posts are automatically emailed to all parents of the class. If you ever have questions, feel free to email Gregg and/or I directly. Our contact info can be found on the “About Us” page.

You’ll learn more about us, the classroom, the Junior High level, and the upcoming school year when we all get together for Back to School Night (Thursday, September 10, at 5:30 pm). In the mean time, you might like to check out this recent article from the New Yorker about adolescent brains and risk-taking.┬áDon’t be scared off by the tongue-in-cheek title; I think it will be an interesting read for both new parents of almost-teens, and those going through Junior High for the 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th…) time, as well.

Best wishes,

Meg

In adolescence, the brain is wired to experience pleasure more intensely than before or after.

The New Yorker: In adolescence, the brain is wired to experience pleasure more intensely than before or after.