Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

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
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
BaseballTue, Apr 22 4:15 p.m.IrondaleAway
Boys GolfTue, Apr 22 1 p.m.NSC OpponentsVictory Links Golf Course
Girls GolfTue, Apr 22 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 22 7 p.m.St. Thomas AcademyHome
Boys TennisTue, Apr 22 4:00 p.m.FridleyFridley High School
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
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
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Boys TennisTue, Apr 08 Columbia Heights7-0W
Boys TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents46
Tue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Girls TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Boys TennisMon, Apr 07 Blake 3-4L
Girls BasketballSat, Mar 08 Holy Family Catholic61-66L
Girls BasketballTue, Mar 04 Mound-Westonka85-60W
Boys BasketballSat, Mar 01 Waconia60-69L
Girls BasketballFri, Feb 28 Columbia Heights84-46W
Boys HockeyWed, Feb 26 Eden Prairie2-3 2OTL
Boys BasketballTue, Feb 25 Mound-Westonka50-47W
Girls BasketballTue, Feb 25 St. Louis Park71-47W
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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