Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

Teacher Talk

Teacher Talk: Farm Community

May 29, 2018

The first graders in Ms. Lee’s class have been studying Farm and Farm Community this month. A few weeks ago, the class took a field trip to a working dairy farm to learn about farming, tending to a large herd of cows, the milking process, and finally how the milk is transported off the farm. This week, the students were surprised with a visit from several animals from the Shelburne […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: World Language Week Culture Fair

April 20, 2018

On Tuesday April 17th, Mater Christi students had the pleasure of exploring various cultures from around the world. In our library, 12 tables showcased Vietnam, Thailand, China, England, Russia, Brazil, Austria, Italy, Japan, Peru, and Cameroon. Parents came with facts, photographs, art and more to provide insight into societies different from our own. When they were not admiring the beautiful trifolds parents had prepared, students could practice Chinese calligraphy, or […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: 3D Vermont

April 19, 2018

In the Church History Unit, 8th-grade students studied sacred art and architecture. This included a plethora of study of iconography, sanctuary design, the altar, and the tabernacle. While considering the importance of the church being built around the altar, as opposed to other way around, students realized that the entire structure exists because Christ is present. Today, churches occupy the landscape as a reminder that Christ is present in our communities. […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Vermont National Guard Visit

April 16, 2018

In an effort to show students some real world applications of concepts covered in class this year, I invited Tanya Johns ( Nuclear Medicine Science Officer for the Vermont National Guard ) to speak to students in the 7th and 8th grade. Mrs. Johns is the operator of a highly specialized truck that the Army uses to investigate potentially dangerous situations involving chemical, biological, or radiological agents.  Mrs. Johns presented an overview […] Read more...

3rd Grade visit to the Fleming Museum

April 9, 2018

The sttudents visit to the Fleming Museum supported their geometry unit in mathematics, coordinated by Mrs. Poirier, Mrs. Coulter and Education Assistant, Lizz Emmett, of the UVM Fleming Museum. Students sketched exhibit artifacts from African, Peruvian, and early Native American cultures, looking for, and identifying, patterns displaying symmetry, translation, rotation, and dilation. Among the artifacts viewed were carved wooden headrests from Central Africa, woven fiber art from Central America, and […] Read more...