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Teacher Talk

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...

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...