Students often find writing papers for English class a mysterious and frustrating experience, and parents want to help. But what kind of help is most useful? How much help is too much?
Summer Camp teachers and counselors work with groups grades PK-8 for six weeks in the summer. Positions are available for 1-6 weeks. Staff must be available from 8:15 am – 3:15 pm daily for each weekly program. Our summer program is a dynamic program with science, technology, and the arts offered based on weekly themes. We work to engage the whole child in a rich experiential learning environment. Teachers must be creative, motivated, and team-oriented. You will be responsible for developing curriculum and activities related to your subject area within the weekly themes. Summer staff work together to share ideas and to develop joint projects and activities. You need [...]
Do you enjoy playing board games with your child, or do you shudder with dread at pleas to play Pretty, Pretty Princess or Hungry, Hungry Hippos just one more time? Are you thinking of your to-do list as you agree to one more game? I know I was! But making time for screen-free activities with children, especially when they are younger, is very important -- and we've all had plenty of time lately for fun nights at home together. Games can teach children important skills that are crucial to success in school. Board and card games with dice or number cards [...]
With traditional theatre productions on hold, Morgan Park Academy thespians teamed up to participate in a virtual version of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's fourth annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam. Teams representing high schools from across the Chicago region collaborated to celebrate the power of Shakespeare and their own voices as the program went remote this year because of the ongoing impact of COVID‑19. Students’ efforts culminated in a collaborative, filmed production of Hamlet, streamed online in two shows on January 13-14, 2021. “I’m so proud of these students,” said Peggy Bergin, Morgan Park Academy’s Director of the Arts. “We haven’t been able to [...]
As the school counselor, part of my role includes teaching character education to Lower School students. These classes meet once a week to learn how to follow the MPA Way: Be Kind and Do Your Best. Doing your best is an umbrella for a few topics, including academics, goal setting, celebrating individuality, being proactive, and practicing mindfulness. The umbrella of kindness, however, is a bit more complex, as one cannot simply direct a child to "be nice." Emotional intelligence and empathy are very much intertwined with understanding how to be kind, along with learning to acknowledge and appreciate peers’ unique strengths [...]
Sixth-graders are reading To Ride the Gods’ Own Stallion, a novel about a 13-year-old boy in ancient Assyria, and digging deep to prove and disprove various claims with citations from the text. PHOTO SLIDESHOW
How is your number chart filling out? Kindergarten is past 60 now! Each morning students add a number to the school year's ongoing tally and practice writing numbers, counting by fives and tens, and exploring the different ways you can represent a number. PHOTO SLIDESHOW
The T-shirt read: "Less me. More global community." It struck me: Yes! That's exactly what the world today needs. Less me. Less you, too — no offense. Less selfies. Less "Look at me. Take my picture." Less tweeting about yourself. Less self-absorbed, narcissistic behavior and less societal reinforcement of said behavior. Instead, what the world needs is more people looking out at the environment that surrounds us, paying attention to the connectedness of all things. Great thinkers through time have known this. Buddha knew this. Chief Seattle knew this. Thoreau knew this. John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, knew this [...]