November 25, 2009 20:39 by Wayne
In the late 1890's there was a gold rush in the Yukon Territory of Alaska. Thousands made the journey, few struck it rich. Writer Jack London made the journey and his experiences there were fodder for his classic short story "To Build a Fire".
Last Sunday this story was read to all CALO students during Sunday Reading. Today, they viewed the film. Yes, I said the film. A vintage 1970s era film projector was used to project the reel to reel LPP color film onto the screen. Clicks, crackles, and wonderful mechanical noises filled the room as it was explained to the students what film actually is. It was as if they traveled backward in time to a 1970's classroom.
Ask your child about the film and story. Self-reliance, interdependence, and arrogance were major themes. In the open dialogue between teachers and students that followed the film, one student stated the film was pointless. Through Socratic questioning the student then inwardly discovered and outwardly revealed numerous points the story clearly made. Not every story has a happy ending, yet much can be gleaned and learned from those who walked the Earth before us.
go to: http://www.jacklondons.net/buildafire.html to read the story on line.
October 29, 2009 21:42 by Wayne
CALO students do an amazing amount of learning outside of the regular classroom. Learning to work with canines, recreational therapy, physical education, and music are just a few to mention. We really should give credit where credit is due i.e. our students work hard and learn a lot in these activities. The good news is, they will get credit for this work!
Our partnership with Park City Independent will give HS credits for these activities. A CALO student will now see on their transcript these additional classes. They will receive elective credits for each. This has been the case prior to Park City only if the student's new school district would allow. Since Park City is fully accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited schools (NAAS) there is no question. Each class will be certified and accepted.
September 25, 2009 23:42 by Wayne
Chess has been called the game of kings and the king of games. Many think chess is "only a game." Many dismiss chess as "too hard" or only for the very smart or very old. Chess is many things and it is important for CALO families to know why there is so much chess at CALO.
Chess is ancient. Many countries try to claim its origin. All we can be sure of is that chess originated somewhere in the middle-east thousands of years ago and it spread to all parts of the globe. The abilities, powers, and shapes of the pieces have evolved over time into their present form. Chess is taught in many countries as a standard and imperative part of the curriculum alongside of math, science, and literature. Computer programmers have only recently created chess programs which can equal and in some cases eclipse the power of the human mind. Scientists have studied the effects of chess instruction on learning. These effects are well-documented. These effects are why chess is so prolific at CALO.
In a controlled scientific study, students were divided into several groups. One group received normal math instruction. A second group received the same math instruction mixed with chess instruction. The second group essentially had less pure math instruction. Even with this in mind, the second group outperformed the others regarding math problem-solving skills. More...
August 25, 2009 18:47 by Wayne
Summer this year was different. It was cooler than normal- cooler than anyone can remember. Now Fall appears to be coming sooner than usual. I am not sure if I am ready for the change.
It is the same at CALO in some ways. Many students have graduated this Summer and CALO has welcomed many new students. It makes me reflect on the precious time I was given with each student. Did I do enough? Did I give them my best? Did we push them academically to reach their goals? What could we have done better? This type of reflection can be difficult, yet is so vital. In many ways this prepares us to improve, to stretch ourselves towards the goal of constant revision and growth.
Each time a student graduates from CALO, parents are asked to provide feedback to help all of us at CALO to refelect and improve. Research shows this is practiced by the most successful groups, organizations, and businesses. It is something which requires broad shoulders and thick skin. The truth is not always easy to hear. As Fall approaches, this may be an excellent time for all of us to reflect upon the changing season whether this is represented by meterology, business, family, or self.
July 23, 2009 18:46 by Wayne
One of the great things about being an educator is the diversity of study. One day I might be discussing and describing the internal workings of the first telescope and on another day I might help students to identify native trees. No two days are ever the same.
Recently, I helped a student disassemble a 5 HP engine. We took it apart, piece by piece. That was fun and easy. The real challenge was putting it back together again. That took time. Time was the best part. We worked together, made mistakes, and found "extra" parts. We were also building a rapport with each other- we were building our relationship.
Today is the day. Today we will give the engine a little drink of gasoline and pull the starter cord. I will let you know how it goes. If it starts we will be happy and probably a bit surprised. If not, we have a new opportunity to get our hands dirty, spend more time together, and add more laughter and learning to our relationship.
June 25, 2009 18:40 by Wayne
I have always been unique, goofy, funny, creative, odd, in the principal’s office, late, daydreaming, and overall one of a kind. I always thought it was because I am Italian! It turns out I have some degree of ADD or ADHD. Being over 40 years old, this was a surprise to me. All these years, I never knew.
At first, I was embarrassed to have it. I felt shame. However, the more I read and learn, I see ADD/ADHD is considered by many to be a badge of honor.
Many famous people had ADD/ADHD. To name a few: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, Beethoven, and Alexander the Great. If you or your children have been diagnosed please be sure to remember you are in good company. More...
May 16, 2009 03:01 by Wayne
Being a teenage girl is as difficult today as it ever was. Our girls are bombarded by T.V., the media, advertising, and peer pressure on a daily basis. Every adolescent girl should have a positive, female role-model to turn to. For example: a mother, aunt, older sister, or neighbor. Unfortunately, this support network is not available to all adolescent girls for a variety of reasons. With this in mind, CALO Academics is happy to announce the start of the Women’s Summit Series. Once per month on Wednesdays, positive female role models from the lake area and beyond will address our girls in a lecture series devoted to Women’s issues. Topics may include: Women Writers, Women in Art, Suffrage, Women in Business, Careers, Domestic Violence, Abstinence, Women’s health issues, Women in History, Rosie the Riveter, Women in Music, India and Infanticide and Girlhood- age 6-16.
Susan Brown, president of Four Seasons resorts, led the Women’s Summit Series addressing the girls in mid-April. She shared personal stories related to her grandfather’s struggles during the Great Depression, her career rise at Four Seasons, and the challenges of balancing being not only a mother and wife, but a business woman as well. As a follow-up to her visit, Susan has invited our girls to Four Seasons for a tour, a meeting with the personnel director, and an ice-cream social. For more information, please contact Wayne Juliano - Academic Director, 573-746-0623.