Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!

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Okay, I'm not Steve Martin, and the new phone books are not here, but I did make the 111th Carnival of Education! Blog carnivals are highlights of the "best of" blog postings in a given topic. Well, maybe not best of but perhaps "pretty good."
Peter Stinson of A School to Call Home once taught in a boarding school. He is looking to return that type of close-knit environment. Meanwhile, he gives us something to chew on with this post aptly titled, Miscellany and leftover thoughts.
Update on the job search: I'm on campus for the first interview of the season. I don't want to speak too early, but if this is also the last interview, I'd be satisfied.

I mentioned yesterday that I was looking at five roles here. My contact here at the school wrote me today:
Also, we have decided that the college counselor and School counselor position will be our primary positions of interest for you. Please come with those hats.
Hats? Hats! Now they want me to wear hats? What's a counselor hat; is it the black fedora or is it the "Sugar Daddy" ball cap, complete with manufactured rips and weathering?

I'm here. I've had a night tour of the campus. The dorms were full of mostly studious students. I didn't see much cutting up at all, which is a good sign. It was, perhaps, a little noisier than I'm used to, but in talking to my contact during the tour, it's not meant to be a lock-down sort of time. They get two hours of "quiet" to work in their rooms without disturbing their roommate.

One interesting thing about the dormitories. Most boarding schools, at least the ones I'm familiar with, segregate students by class. I've never visited a school that didn't ensure all the students are in a single class, or perhaps two classes (freshman & sophomores, sophomores & juniors, juniors & seniors). Here, students from each class are on each hall.

I think this is a great idea as it allows the younger students to associate with, and be led, by the older students. Older students get a chance to actually lead. And, I think that it would cut down on hazing in that the us vs. them by floor or dormitory can't manifest itself.

More to follow, I'm sure.

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