Today was a first in my school’s 150 year history. While St. Mark’s has long had Saturday classes, today marked the first “St. Mark’s Saturday” session (NB: for more information on how and why we have rethought the use of time through our schedule revisions, take a look at the recent Head’s Reflection by John Warren). Over the next three weeks, students and faculty are piloting a modified block schedule Monday through Friday and a stand-alone 2 1/2 h experiential and interdisciplinary-based course on Saturdays. This new paradigm gives structure to our values as an institution.
As one of the people who advocated for and led the schedule change, I was excited to offer a course. After much deliberation, I proposed “Myth Busters”. In a separate blog, I am chronicling the course experience, my approach to teaching in longer class meetings, and the work and process of my students. I will update ourworktheireducation over the next three weeks as this pilot unfolds.
Watch as we we make history, take risks, and learn a lot in the process!