Proximity to Influential Mentors
Students know they will be held accountable every day by teachers who know them well. They know they will be required to produce by teachers who understand their background and potential.
(Teaching that Never Ends)
n Theodore and Nancy Sizer's book, The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract
, the authors explain, "Anonymity is the curse of good teaching and inevitably contributes to corner cutting. If no one knows the students in a high school, it is easy for them to drift through. They may even believe that they prefer the anonymity." The Sizers' point is well taken. If students are anonymous, then it is impossible to know if they are reaching their potential. This impossibility may lead to reduced expectations or even indifference.
That's why Linsly teachers have a typical teacher load (number of students seen in a typical day) of approximately 70 students and an average class size of approximately 15. Small class sizes mean that everyone participates in the experience and no student is permitted to simply go along for the ride.
The consequence of this at Linsly is effective teaching and learning. Students know they will be held accountable every day by teachers who know them well. They know they will be held to high standards and will be required to produce by teachers who understand their background and potential.
Furthermore, those teachers are highly qualified professionals whose life experiences often inspire their students. Consider Dr. Mallow, Science Department Head and biology teacher.
Dr. Mallow's recent publication, True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers
, a comprehensive, detailed reference work on the nine genera and their species in the family Viperidae, is considered to be an invaluable reference source for professional and amateur herpetologists. Boarding students frequently visit Dr. Mallow's home where he shows them some of these species (very carefully confined) which he keeps for his own studies.
Like all of Linsly's Resident Faculty Members, Dr. Mallow has a deep connection with his students and is involved in all aspects of their lives. Watch out...he throws a mean pitch in our campus softball games.