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

Teacher Talk

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...

Teacher Talk: Burton visits Mater Christi!

January 3, 2018

The first grade class had a surprising treat for them when they walked into PE, snowboards!  They were brought through Burton’s indoor snowboarding program, “Burton Riglet Snowboarding“.  There were many different activities that Jeff Boliba brought from the Burton HQ, some of the activities were: half and full turns on balance boards, warm-ups with Olympic snowboarders, wobble boarding to work on their balance, towing boards that simulate real snowboarding, and […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Second Grade Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017

The second grade students studied the history of Thanksgiving this month, including some role-playing as either a Native American or a Pilgrim. “Pilgrims went on a ship called the Mayflower and they travelled very far to be at their own home,” said one student. Another student countered: “Native Americans are the reason why the Pilgrims survived.” Students made their own costumes out of paper, and constructed some paper turkeys as […] Read more...

Teacher Talk : New Begins/ New Life/Life Cycle

September 19, 2017

We started our kindergarten year off by observing two Monarch caterpillars complete their cycle and emerge into two beautiful butterflies.   We read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other butterfly books.  We sang and acted out  If I Were a Butterfly  and Butterfly Fly.   Each morning the children arrived anxious to see what changes had happened.   The children drew in their journals.    We estimated and counted how many […] Read more...