Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Labor pains and pleasures
Teaching at DA is both more demanding and more satisfying than teaching in many other environments. A perfect encapsulation of those satisfying demands: the past week of outdoor education trips.
Ours is certainly a family-friendly workplace for teachers (click here to see our recent recognition as one of the 50 family-friendliest organizations in North Carolina). But once a year we ask nearly all our teachers in Grades 4-12 to leave their homes and families for 2-6 days to travel with our students. The trips are varied, fun and critically important in our program. Still, they require real sacrifices from our teachers. As Labor Day approaches, I am grateful for the creativity, flexibility, and care offered by our traveling faculty.
Labor of love indeed.
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