Upper School English faculty at University School of Milwaukee invited parents and prospective students to visit their classrooms and learn more about their unique approach to teaching—the round table methodology—during a parent education event on Thursday, Feb. 1. All Upper School English teachers at USM use round tables in their classrooms, enabling students and teachers to deeply and actively engage with peers to evaluate ideas, see nuance, and find comfort in ambiguity.
At the event, guests were invited to read a short poem, participate in a discussion about the poem, and build community at the round table. They learned the English department’s process for selecting texts, the characteristics of an effective round table discussion, the types of qualitative and quantitative data teachers and students use to improve the depth of discussions, and how that data informs assessment and reflection.
Many thanks to the following Upper School English teachers for organizing and hosting the event: Matt Flack, Dr. Sarah Foust Vinson, Kate Gay, Dr. Danielle Goldstein, Drew Mullen, Dr. Laurie Schleicher, and Kat Zilka.