Relational Teaching with Lower School Boys: What Works for Teachers, Boys, and Parents

We have identified what works for boys in grades 6-12, but how are these findings similar or different for younger boys? From 2014-2016, St. Christopher’s participated in a research cohort of four primary schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia to tackle this question.  Through parent surveys and focus groups, teacher surveys and interviews,… Read more

Boys Will Be Boys

Excerpted from Jim Jump’s Chapel talk, presented in Upper School Chapel on January 30, 2017 Whenever I prepare a chapel talk there is a moment where I ask myself, “What made you think this was a good idea?”  Normally that feeling goes away–not so much today.  Today I want to tackle a subject that is… Read more

I Love Teaching Boys

I love teaching boys. I love their humor laced with sarcasm, their directness, their camaraderie, their enthusiasm and energy, and even their occasional misstep that lands them in trouble. They come to class with a palpable desire to please and be liked by their teacher. Unfortunately, this desire is often intertwined with insecurity and false… Read more

50 Great Years: A Tribute to Mr. Boyd

The image of an impeccably drawn cartoon bear omnipresent on a Chamberlayne Hall bulletin board epitomizes math teacher Mr. Jim Boyd ’54. He, of course, is much more than that, but he has made math fun for 50 years for St. Christopher’s students by turning Professor Bear and Doctor Dog into school icons. The school mantra, “We… Read more

Lessons Learned

In my four years as a St. Christopher’s Upper Schooler, I’ve noticed a lot of very interesting things and have gained a lot of knowledge about life. Being a part of the class of 2016, also known as the greatest class of all time, has been a great experience, and inevitably the future classes will… Read more

Problem Solving with the 1970’s Rubik’s Cube

Do you remember the Rubik’s Cube from the 1970’s?  After teaching third grade for eleven years at St. Christopher’s, it became apparent that many of my boys needed to move their hands and fingers at all times.  After many discussions about problem solving being at the forefront of the Second Century Vision, it dawned on… Read more

These Moments in the Middle

In my Parents’ Night talk (which I never actually finish), the ending slide is the final frames from the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In the final scene, Ferris speaks directly to the audience, exhausted after a long day of adventure and misadventure, and says, “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop… Read more

“The Mask You Live In” is now available for streaming at home

In case you missed our screenings of The Mask You Live In, or if you know of friends or family who would like to see the film, we are excited to announce that The Representation Project has now made the film available for rental or purchase through a variety of platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo… Read more

Pillows

I am currently in my eleventh year teaching at St. Christopher’s School. I never imagined myself working at a school for all boys, but now I can’t imagine being anywhere else. For those who are not familiar with what it is like to work with adolescent boys, let me illustrate it for you with a… Read more