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Five Reasons to Attend a TEDx Talk

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by Alyson Cittadino

Are you considering attending TEDxGeorgeSchool but aren’t really sure if it’s for you or not? This might help. Happening on December 3, TEDxGeorgeSchool features thirteen passionate and remarkable speakers that are doing innovative work in the fields of design, science, and engineering. Speakers include a Nobel Laureate recipient, the co-chair of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans, and co-founder of BalletX. In addition to the great lineup of presenters, TEDxGeorgeSchool will feature informative breakout sessions and opportunities to interact with George School students.

But, if we still haven’t convinced you, here are five reasons to attend a TEDx Talk.

It will expand your knowledge base. TEDx Talks have a theme, but the individual subjects are usually relatively different, making it a well-rounded event. For example, TEDxGeorgeSchool is focused on innovation, but subjects range from opera to bean breeding to engineering toys that inspire learning.

Attendance at TEDx builds community. Network with likeminded individuals, industry professionals, or leaders just like you and grow your professional (or personal) network. Plus, adding the experience of a TEDx Talk to a resume, shows future employers a desire to learn and a real interest in the industry.

The breakout sessions. In between each speaker session, TEDx requires breakout or “brain break” sessions. These sessions can include anything from learning tai chi or singing to dancing lessons and chocolate tastings. Audience members will not be disappointed with the wide selection of choices designed to get the juices flowing just in time for the next fascinating speaker.

You will meet really interesting people. TEDx Talks encourage a diverse audience to mingle with the presenters. TED requires an application-based registration process to guarantee that a good mix of professionals, students, and community members are in the audience. The unique format of the talks also allows ample time for attendees to interact with speakers and each other.

Experience face-to-face communication in a digital world. TEDx Talks allow presenters the opportunity to speak directly to a live audience; not through a camera or chatbot. Interact with these speakers in person, in real time, face-to-face, and learn about the innovative work they are doing.

Learn more about TedXGeorgeSchool here.

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Reflections on the Group IV IB Science Project

by Ralph Lelii, IB Coordinator and English teacher

In the Theory of Knowledge titles for May 2016, one question asks about the value we assign to knowledge based upon its application in the world, and conversely, to what degree is it diminished absent that. The title is more subtle than at first glance because the terms “application” ” value” and “diminished” need to be carefully delineated. When talking to my students about the prompt, I referenced the possible utility of considering the Group 4 science project in their responses. Continue reading

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How IB Bio Turned Me Into a Scientist


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IB SL Bio has a reputation like no other science. Except maybe AP Chem, but only the truly chemically dedicated go that far. SL Bio is more like a rite of passage for any aspiring IB Diploma Candidate. Tales of Polly Lodge’s class go so far as the freshman’s mostly oblivious ears. From the moment I accepted my IB fate, I’ve steeled myself for the supposed terror of this science class. Friends and strangers alike have tried to warn me about what I was in for. Here’s my confession: After a term of it, I’m in love with SL Bio. Continue reading

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A Conversation with Kathy Coyle

An interview with Kathy Coyle conducted by Chloe ’16. Check out some of Chloe’s other posts on the blog including: Pumpkin Spice Oreos, Filling Your Empty Canvases (Making a Dorm Room Feel Like a Home, Not a Box), and Speaking of Squirrels.

Hey Kathy!

Hey Chloe

You excited? You look super excited.

I’m so pumped! Continue reading

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Follow a Student: Sara ’14

Sara is a senior and a day student. She practically lives at the barn and loves taking photos.

Personally, I love Tuesdays. I start the day in World Literature with one of my favorite teachers. I learn more from Kim McGlynn in a week than I have from some other teachers in an entire year. I have so much respect for her as both a teacher and a person. Today we discussed the motif of singing/ rhymes in 1984 by George Orwell.

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8:00 a.m. classes are always hard, but I had some Navajo tea that I brought home from my service trip to make the morning a little better.

Next I have a lab period of my Alternative Photo class. I love that George School’s photo program is not the stereotypical program. We have learned to shoot meaningful, truthful images instead of bowls of fruit and smiling friends. I feel completely prepared to continue photography in college.

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Danielle demonstrated, in the dark room, how to print the pictures we took over break with a Holga camera. Then, I worked with her to plan out my AP project. Danielle is the sweetest, most caring teacher I have ever had. She cares about her students as if we are her own kids and wants the best for us. She, just like Kim, pushes us because she knows that we are capable of so much.

After a quick consultation with my history teacher about a project I went to Physics. Today we did a lab on momentum and measured the velocities from different types of collisions.

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Almost every Tuesday we do a lab, my favorite part of any science class.

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I learn best by doing so this really helps me understand the concepts we discuss in class.

Then I walked down meeting house hill to the library for my Simplicity class. Despite the power going off, we were still able to have a good discussion about time and how it controls our lives.

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We ended the class with meditation, guided by our teacher Carolyn (pictured).

On Tuesdays my classes end at 12:50. I have my free period after lunch, which I either use to get some of my work done before practice or to go down to the barn early to get in extra time with the horses and our coach Tiffany (pictured).

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I love spending time at the barn. I have been riding at the GS barn since I was little so it is a home away from home for me.

The trainers and my teammates have become like one big family. This horse, Bob (owned by Courtney Smith), is one I have been riding and caring for over the past year. This winter has been hard for us with all the snow. We have barely been able to ride since the rings are full of snow and ice, but I take every opportunity I can find to spend quality time with Bob even if it’s just some bareback snuggling. Developing relationships with the horses and people at the George School Equestrian Center is an experience truly unique to George School and is one that has shaped who I am. I will be forever grateful for the experience that the equestrian program has given me.

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