Active Learning in Partnerships with Gilder Lehrman Institute and N-Y Historical Society
Saint David's boys are active historians. This is evident through our longstanding signature partnerships with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New-York Historical Society.
Today, GLI President James Basker led a workshop for sixth graders and their parents on "Why Documents Matter." During their study of American history, our boys have access to the treasure trove in the GLI vault where they will analyze and interpret primary source documents, such as Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre.
In Second Grade a historian from the N-Y Historical Society joins homeroom teachers for a series of sessions on the Lenape indigenous people of Manhattan. The boys examine artifacts and, through observance and inference, determine their use. This week they observed and interpreted the homes of the Lenape.
Using glue and construction paper, they then constructed structures that reflected their understanding of the resourcefulness of the Lenape people.
Active learning is a hallmark of our program. It engages boys more fully, encourages curiosity, and enhances understanding.
On Tuesday evening, Lidia Bastianich, award-winning chef, restaurateur, television host and author, visited Saint David's to speak to the Saint David's Alumni Parent community and current Eighth Grade.
Interviewed by Alumni Parent Dr. Joseph Haddad for our Alumni Parent Council Lecture, Lidia recounted her youth in Istria when the once Italian peninsula shifted to communist reign after World War II, her two years spent as a refugee in Trieste, and her experiences after her family immigrated to America when she was eleven years old.
The boys were fascinated with her discussion about her family's escape
from Istria and her life as a refugee and immigrant. She
expressed her everlasting gratitude
to the people who provided assistance to her family in Trieste and when
they first arrived in New York. "I can't talk enough about the goodness
of the people who helped us," she
said. "I am where I am because of them."
Former Navy SEAL and Saint David's Alumnus Bill Berrien '82 fascinated all during his Chapel Talk Tuesday morning to our seventh and eighth graders.
A SEAL for nine years, Bill was a member of two platoons in South America as well as part of a Joint Special Operations unit. He shared his SEAL Trident with the boys, talked about the intensity of training, and noted he remains close to many with whom he served.
Connecting his service to the values that Saint David's espouses, he encouraged the boys to always be students--curious throughout their lives, to find the best in everyone, appreciate setbacks, and to learn from failures. In the video above, he addresses the first.
He closed by planting these "seeds" for our boys to consider: that life is a journey to be embraced broadly with openness to a variety of opportunities; being a service leader is of utmost importance; the unknown should be embraced; and, finally, that the boys be their own best friend, compassi…
Eighth graders and their teachers have arrived in Rome and are enjoying the first day of the 10-day Italian Study Tour.
Their first stop was St. Paul's Outside the Walls, where Cardinal Harvey, Archpriest of the papal basilica, provided a tour. Later, the boys visited the Spanish Steps, and toured the Pantheon.
Over the next two weeks the boys will visit sites in Rome, Assisi, and Florence. They will see in person the paintings, sculpture, and architecture that they have studied in the interdisciplinary humanities class. Each day their understanding will be deepened as they write about the experience and sketch the various works in their journals.
This trip is an exceptional opportunity for our boys to augment their in-class learning, build experience as citizens of the world beyond New York City, and strengthen their bonds as a graduating class.
I can't wait to join the boys and their teachers later in the week!