Just take a look at the way students are using the whiteboards in the Saunders Family Library. You’ll find study notes, illustrations, and doodles for all kinds of classes–everything from APUSH to AP Environmental. These notes were created by a student in Rebecca Hottman’s environmental science class. If you want to understand the hydrologic cycle, now’s your chance.
To celebrate the new studio and new classes in woodworking, we’ve added some beauties to our collection.
Now who doesn’t love the sweet smell of cedar or the tart smell of pine and the look and feel of fine craft in furniture and lovely boxes? Come on over and enjoy these new additions. And don’t forget–you can always talk “shop” with Ben Lamb, our resident Saunders Family Library woodworker.
If you didn’t make it to the RVA Street Art Festival, well, you missed some crazy wild paint. But there’s always next year, and there’s more to this story. The Festival had an interesting goal of revitalizing the former GRTC property at the intersection of Cary St. and Robinson through public art, murals, sculpture, mixed media installations, and a focus on the future of transportation in Richmond.
It did all that and more. If you look behind the paint, you can see some of the earliest carbarns and shops built by the Richmond Traction Co. for its streetcars. I can’t get enough of old buildings; whether they’re fragile or sturdy, I’m fascinated by them. So after the Festival, I read Rails in Richmond by Carlton Norris McKenney, a great book we have in our Richmond history collection. Another “then and now” favorite is Celebrate Richmond: The Dementi Family of Photographers, a wonderful collection of photographs pairing scenes from the past with what’s there in the present.
There’s a little part of me that still wishes I could hop on Open Car No. 33 for my ride to work.
Behind the Paint
The students in Dr. Ross’s Race, Culture, and Sports class spent time researching the facts and fiction of Remember the Titans.
Their research lead them to contact information for Coach Bill Yoast, who agreed to speak with the class by phone. Based on their knowledge of the film and their research, the students crafted questions for Coach Yoast, and spent their Friday class period talking to him about the film, his experiences at T.C. Williams High School, integration, football, and coaching.
The Sandbox ended up serving as the perfect space for this activity. The room is equipped with a phone conferencing system and several overhead mics. Coach Yoast came through loud and clear. Questions from the students were picked up by Coach Yoast with little to no problems.
Not a bad way to end the week.
This is certainly a signal for the future. Kelly Tracy and her three AP Biology classes visited the library today, working on mathematical modeling to study the evolution of populations. The project was all about harnessing the power of technology to predict the future and more–to organize and analyze data.
The students settled in the center area of the library, working in pairs with Macbooks.
After the first class, Dr. Tracy told us, “I’m noticing for collaborative work this space is great. I can stand back, observe carefully, let students do their own work, and help when needed.” A beautiful combination.
More proof of the success of the project: just look at what’s on the table–textbooks, notebooks, pencils, laptops, and genuine interest in the work.
On the first night of the first day of school, look who showed up in the Sandbox–Kevin Chamberlin, the original Horton in Seussical. Cast, crew, and musicians in the Fall musical (yep, that’s right Seussical is coming to Collegiate) skyped with the actor in one of our new spaces, the Sandbox.
And look who heard Horton……
Dr. Rouse and her students take advantage of some collaborative work space to discuss their summer reading. The students used a process similar to the World Cafe to talk about books like V for Vendetta, A Separate Peace, and Cold Mountain.
Dr. Rouse and her English classes set up in the two bay windows. Those spaces are equipped with adjustable height tables and comfortable and easy-to-move benches and stools. The furniture, which is easily configured to meet students’ needs, helped create small, focused literature discussions. The spaces also helped Dr. Rouse guide discussions among several groups. She said, “It allowed me to walk around, listen, jump in, circulate and then back off without being intrusive. It was the perfect amount of space and distance to keep them on task rather than feel like they were evading the panoptic gaze and getting away with straying off task.”