Laura Glenn Written by  Apr 14, 2020

Elementary Update: Finding Balance

Dear Elementary Parents,

One of my favorite picture books is a story called A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. In this book, the principal was so proud of all the teaching and learning happening within the school walls that he decided students should come to school on weekends, holidays, and even during the summer! As you can imagine, both children and teachers became very worried. After some time on this new schedule, a small student helped the principal realize that children do need to learn valuable things at school, but they also have valuable things to learn at home. A balance of the two is necessary. It didn’t take long for the principal to reverse his decision!

I believe we find ourselves in a similar situation. I’m so proud of the teaching and learning that is continuing despite our time away from campus. PDS is a fine, fine school! However, I think it is safe to say that we all feel out of balance. While we have transitioned well to this new online format, this is a tough way for us to teach and an even tougher way for boys to learn. I want to continue to reiterate that the situation we find ourselves in is temporary! With all the added distractions of distance learning, we continue to focus on teaching the most essential skills and provide optional lessons from special area teachers. Adjustments in curriculum have been made and will continue to be made even as we look to next year. At the point we are able to have our students back on campus, we will gladly take on the task of getting back on track with all the learning that normally takes place at PDS.

While the newness of distance learning may be wearing off, we continue to look for ways to keep students engaged and actively learning with one another. Watch for new, optional Zooms to be announced across grade levels in the coming days. Spring is always a fun time at PDS, and we are still going to bring the fun to you whenever possible! In the meantime, stay encouraged. Rest in the fact that much value can come from the learning that can only happen at home. Let’s use our extra time to climb trees, invent games, explore a patch of dirt, make cookies, and be bored. We won’t regret it.

Parents, thank you for all you are doing to assist us during this time. Your flexibility is much appreciated. As always, please reach out with any questions you may have.

All the best,

Laura Glenn
Head of Elementary

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Laura Glenn serves as Head of the Elementary School at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, TN, one of the country’s leading independent schools for boys.

Laura began her career at PDS helping in the Admission office before becoming an assistant teacher in the Early Childhood Division. After teaching 1st and 3rd grade at other area independent schools, she returned to PDS in 2006 to teach 1st grade.

Laura earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Teaching from The University of Memphis. Laura has a reading specialist certificate from Christian Brothers University and has participated in Project Zero, an advanced training program based out of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. A lifelong learner, Laura is devoted to the development of a multi-sensory classroom.

Her passions outside of the classroom include international travel and cheering for Memphis sports.

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