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Faculty Highlights: Week of November 21

• Mr. Quinn organized a school-wide rock, paper, scissors tournament that tapped into the enthusiasm of our students.  Studium advisors also did a great job facilitating early round competitions.  Mr. LaCount and Mr. Sweany helped elevate this tournament from a run of the mill intramural “sport” into a spectacle. 
• Mr. Awe used analogies creatively to help Biology students understand the need for mitosis.  Mr. Awe compared the growth of Plainfield, his hometown, from 5,000 citizens to 50,000 in the past 15 years to cell volume growth.  Plainfield’s growth, like a cell’s growth, leads to increased density and the need for more space.  Mr. Awe also compared the “Information Overload” a cell experiences to a library that has more people seeking books than supply available.  Analogies are a great way to make esoteric ideas concrete for students. 
• Mr. Iwerson, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Daly, Dr. Berry and Ms. Matijevic all attended the National Conference for Teachers of English conference at the Hilton dowtown last week and weekend. 
• Mr. Enright, Mr. Flaherty, Mr. Martin, Mr. Kading, Mrs. Pienton, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Eisenbraun, Ms. Koenig, Mr. Behzadi, Mr. O’Connell (U of C Writing Coach) and Ms. McKay accompanied our juniors as they visited the Chicago History Museum as a preface to the History Fair projects they will be working on during Trimester 2.
• Mr. Good’s Geometry students are working in groups to create videos that change the lyrics of popular songs to teach a mathematical concept.  Students are working in groups of four.  Each student takes the role of either the “President / CEO” (keeps everyone on task),“VP of Technology” (in charge of flip cams and working with Mr. Himes), “VP of Content” (in charge of making sure the math is correct), “VP of Marketing” (in charge of making the video memorable).  This creative idea could be used in any discipline – feel free to borrow it.
• Mr. Enright’s students broke into two teams for a mock trial on the Lizzie Borden murder case.  Students are split into prosecution and defense teams and are required to participate in all speaking parts from questioning witnesses to giving opening and closing statements, to providing testimony as witnesses. 
• Mr. Sobucki’s Chemistry students worked like chemists as they studied the how and why heating up substances changes their weight.  This made the molecular concepts they have studied in class tangible for students as they observed these concepts in action in the lab.