The Inspiration of the Muses

By Jason Barney, Academic Dean From time immemorial artists and musicians, poets and playwrights have claimed that their artistic productions came not from themselves or their genius, but from some power or divinity outside and beyond them. They were inspired and became the conduit for something beautiful to come into the world. But inspiration has fallen […]

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Why Shakespeare?

By Hannah Bramsen Upper School Humanities, Class 8 homeroom, and Middle School Shakespeare director As spring slowly approaches, and students begin to feel the February blues, there is one thing that has faithfully brightened up the middle school atmosphere: the Shakespeare play. Rumors begin to flurry around as to what play it will be, and […]

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Theseus and the Minotaur

One aspect of a Clapham education that sets our school apart from many is our focus on narration. Why have students narrate? One cannot narrate well, unless one has listened and digested the information given. Narration requires the habit of attention, an immense focus on the task at hand with a responsibility to communicate back […]

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Cursive Handwriting

by Zach Ward, Middle/Upper School Science and Art Teacher   My relationship with cursive handwriting is one that is probably not uncommon to many, up to a point. It began when, in the upper half of primary school, I had to begin practicing my D’Nealian letter forms in order to prepare for the transition to […]

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Great Literature in Film

by Heather Hagenberg, Director of Administration and Admissions Around this time last year my husband and I learned that Hollywood would be ending 2012 with the release of, “Anna Karinena,” “The Hobbit,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Great Gatsby” (eventually delayed to release in 2013). With this knowledge came a rather interesting New Year’s resolution for the […]

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Moments in the Class Four Classroom

by Cheryl Ward, Class Eight Teacher  The first thing that strikes me as I walk into Class Four is the beautiful round spider-web windows on the west wall. They look like Hobbit windows, complete with plants and flowers nestled in the spherical recesses. A world map hangs slightly askew on the wall, due to an […]

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From Intelligence to Maturity

by Elise Redfield, Class Four Teacher As students attend various field trips throughout the Chicago area I constantly hear from employees and other visitors how attentive they are, what intelligent questions they ask, and my own mother tells people that I teach at a school for “The Exceptionally Gifted.” Clapham is a unique place where […]

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Literacy and Morality

by Katie Hassler, Class Six Teacher I don’t think I’d have much trouble getting most people in the Clapham community to agree with the statement that it isn’t enough just to be reading—it matters what we read.  Why, though?  Are we just interested in exposing our children and students to challenging language and ideas?  I […]

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Literacy and Society

by Jason Barney, Teacher Literacy is a functional necessity in our society today. It was not always so. There was a time when an American farmer or craftsman could live a successful life in dynamic engagement with his community and never be called upon to write more than his initials on a few documents. Despite […]

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Coming Alive Through Shakespeare: An Experience for a Class Five Student

Coming Alive Through Shakespeare: An Experience for a Class Five Student By Cheryl Ward, Class Eight Teacher In my three years at Clapham, I have had so many “children-can’t-do-that” moments, only to be surprised that, indeed, they can. It happened with Shakespeare. I remember being handed the script for Comedy of Errors and thinking of […]

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