BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading

Senior takes his talent to national level

Despite falling short of making it to the Advancer's Round, Kleven believes the experience has helped him become a more accomplished bowler and a leader. (courtesy of Joe Kleven)

Senior takes his talent to national level

September 2, 2014

While many seniors traveled out of town over the summer to visit colleges, senior Joe Kleven’s trip to New York had a whole different purpose. The rising BSM bowling captain was to represent the state of Minnesota at the Junior Gold Championships to compete against some of the finest youth bowlers across... Continue Reading

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014

As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading

Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 16 7 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 18 7 p.m.ChanhassenHome
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
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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