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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Our Elective: The Mission-Driven Life

DA’s mission compels us to prepare young people for “moral, happy, productive lives.” This fall Associate Head of School Lee Hark and I will team-teach a course that explores the contributing factors, competing theories and necessary interdependence of morality, happiness and productivity.

We will experiment with blended, interdisciplinary and distance learning. A series of guest speakers and field trips will blur the line between Durham and the Academy. We will connect our students – through a series of collaborations - with teenagers in China, Switzerland and Durham Public Schools. I am excited, and a little nervous, to get back into the classroom, see if I still have any pedagogical chops and remind myself daily of the most important function of our institution: teaching and learning.

Here’s the draft syllabus for our course. What’s magnificent, missing or misguided about our plans? We welcome feedback from all quarters.

Photo of Shiprock, New Mexico by Alex Mironyuk

Posted by Michael Ulku-Steiner on Tuesday August, 16, 2016

1 Comment:

How can I sign up for this?? Love the rubrics and wonderful topics/readings/assignments!! 

Will you have Chris Rosati as a contributor?? How about lesson on gratitude? And if you want to connect with a teacher in India, I had a great relationship last year with http://lumened.org/ doing video pen pal - hard to sustain because of irregular club meeting time, but your course could make it work!! 

Lucky kids!!!! I know you will enjoy being back in classroom and what a duo you two will be! Awesome!

from Virginia Hall on 08/18/16 at 05:30PM

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