Heads Up

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-SteinerHead of School 


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March, stand, and deliver

As are our students, I am often inspired by the quality of our language teachers. Click here to see the ice-storm-transcending dedication of our Chinese Teacher Joanne Shang. Or check out these two short videos:

  1. Middle School Spanish students, led by their Sergeant Marianne Greene, reciting irregular preterite congugations as they march around the school.
  2. Upper School Latin students, reciting the introduction of Virgil's Aeneid at 8:15, with morning sun streaming into the classroom of Edith Keene (apologies for the filmmaker's thumb).

Eager to recite Virgil's famed "arms and the man" stanza along with our students? Here's the cheat sheet:

ARMA virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram;
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem,
inferretque deos Latio, genus unde Latinum,
Albanique patres, atque altae moenia Romae.
Musa, mihi causas memora, quo numine laeso,
quidve dolens, regina deum tot volvere casus
insignem pietate virum, tot adire labores
impulerit. Tantaene animis caelestibus irae?

For those interested in English translations and notes about this passage, click here to see Harvard's terrific classical poetry multimedia archive.

Posted by in Middle School, Upper School on Saturday March, 29, 2014


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