Why I Teach: Dora Acosta

Dora Acosta
Dora Acosta

Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with Ms. Acosta, whose belief in the transformative power of reading brought her to  a career in education. A native of France, Ms. Acosta moved to Haiti with her family as a teen. She came to the Boston area as a high school junior and says, “I fell in love with English as a high school senior. My English teacher really made the subject come alive and relatable to real life. I began to look at characters and stories in a new light. I have loved reading and writing ever since.” Continue reading “Why I Teach: Dora Acosta”

A Tour of 3 World Religions in 02139

The Cambridge Zen Center
The Cambridge Zen Center

Yesterday our 8th grade students visited a temple, a mosque and a Buddhist center to complement the world religions in their humanities course. The three religious institutions are all within walking distance from CCSC, and the beautiful spring weather made it a very pleasant outing. Traveling in three different groups led by humanities teachers Emily Niska and Seth Pearce and other faculty chaperones, the students toured each institution and got a chance to ask questions of their respective representatives. Continue reading “A Tour of 3 World Religions in 02139”

All in the Family

Author Andrea Cheng leads a discussion as her mother looks on.
Author Andrea Cheng leads a discussion as her mother looks on.

It’s not often that high school students have the chance to meet the author of a book they are reading in class. Even more rare is the opportunity to meet the person whose life story inspired the book. So the students in Ann Cheng’s 9th grade humanities class hit the jackpot last week when both the author and the subject of Marika, the historical novel they have been reading, visited their classroom. Continue reading “All in the Family”

Top 5 Reasons to Go to College

Radio 107.1 broadcasting from Mr. Seton's classroom
Radio 107.1 broadcasting from Mr. Seton’s classroom

“Why go to college?” was one of the prompts given to 7th grade students for a humanities assignment to write an ear-catching radio ad. In addition to providing students with an opportunity to hone their persuasive writing, the unit also helped them develop the public speaking skills and the confidence to “sell” their ideas in front of an audience that also included faculty and staff guests – great preparation for Roundtables, which this grade will do for the first time at the end of the year. Continue reading “Top 5 Reasons to Go to College”