Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

BSM's Principal Dr. Sue Skinner visits with one of the members of the accreditation team as they evaluate the school. Accreditation happens on a five year basis in order to ensure BSM is focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. (Taya Rettler)

Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

April 24, 2014

On Wednesday April 23, a team of Accreditation members visited BSM to perform an evaluation that takes place every five years. The evaluation's purpose is to make sure that BSM is continuously focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. The accreditation process takes place after BSM fills out a self report... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

Nevells has been quickly earning a reputation as a skilled filmmaker at BSM. (Keenan Schember)

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

April 24, 2014

On March 30th, BSM senior Mack Nevells won the award for best high school director in the midwest. The award was given by NATAS, or the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the same group that hosts the Emmy... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Boys GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Teachers observe teachers to improve education

With plans to expand to next year, the program Teachers Observing Teachers has commenced at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Begun at the start of the 2010-2011 school year, the program has 10 teachers observing their fellow teachers in order to gain expertise from each other.

The observing is organized into cycles, which includes a pre-conversation, an observation session, and ends with a conversation about what happened in the classroom. “[The teachers will] talk about what the person being observed wants to get out of it, so if there is something in particular that the teacher wants the observer to watch for, then they say, I’m really focusing on this technique or I’m really trying to get a handle on this idea or concept,” said Mr. Pohlen, who organized the program and used to be a teacher.

The 10 teachers who observe were selected at the beginning of the year, and the other teachers get the chance to pick four they would be most comfortable with having observe their classroom. The program is not designed for the teachers to rate each other, but for the teachers to gain knowledge and new techniques in order to improve their teaching skills. “I found it very simple talking to Mr. Hoemke [my observer]. He came in to observe, and we had a nice talk after, and he gave me some suggestions. In some ways it’s less intimidating having another teacher, because they know what other students are like ,” said Sister Jeanne, who has been observed.

The program allows other teachers to gain a different perspective into different teaching styles. “One of the biggest things is it’s an opportunity for teachers to communicate and gain expertise from each other. It’s not a system where one teacher is better than the other, or one teacher somehow knows more than another––it’s a chance to share expertise. The people observing are getting just as much out of it as the people being observed, and in some cases more,” said Mr. Pohlen.

To gain more knowledge, the teachers would not only observe other teachers in their subject, but they also observe teachers in opposite departments. “It’s amazing what you can learn from departments other than your own, because you’ve always kind of known what goes on in [your subject], but when you start to see how other people manage their classroom or approach a topic, you sometimes learn something that’s applicable and useful in your own field,” said Mr. Pohlen.

Not only is the program crossing departments, but they are also crossing the senior and junior high. “Were cutting across Senior High and Junior High too which is kind of nice, I like it. So the [mentor teachers] are looking at high school teachers as well as junior high teachers. A lot of it is teachers looking at how teachers teach, looking at the style rather than if I know my stuff,” said Sister Jeanne.

Next year the plan is to extend the program to become a daily occurrence with the newly allotted time due to schedule changes. “Next year we’re trying to carve out time in the teachers’ day where not only someone would come and watch them, but that everybody would have a chance to go and watch lots of other teachers too [in order to] to create [more] opportunities for sharing expertise,” said Mr. Pohlen.

 

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