In a classroom at Navarre Middle School, Allie Olshefke has the students’ attention to herself. Her mentor teacher watches as she prods a group of seventh graders to explain their thinking.
“I’m glad you came to the answers, but I really want to know how,” Olshefke tells them, pointing to two triangles drawn on the whiteboard. “Sometimes it’s easier to show what we’re thinking than explain what we’re thinking.”
Members of ACE 24 showed off their capstone projects July 17 as they presented during the 4th annual ACE Teaching Fellows Conference in DeBartolo Hall. Twenty-two teams spoke about topics such as identity formation in the digital age and cultivating friendships in the classroom as part of their Development and Moral Education in Childhood and Adolescence class.
“It is a lie, when we talk of a God that doesn’t comfort us,” Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, told the ACE community last week. “And so we go to the margins, and we imagine a circle of compassion, and we imagine nobody’s standing outside that circle.”