Navigating Middle Earth: Creating Community in Logic School

Logic School is often viewed as just a bridge between the Grammar and Rhetoric years, but these years are a time of great change and growth for students. Enriching these years with a true sense of community among the students is essential to a successful Logic School. However, creating a sense of belonging and a true feeling of community among the students can be challenging, particularly as a school grows in size. With over 170 students, the Geneva School of Boerne Logic School has found success in cultivating community and unity through a Tolkien-themed annual celebration. This tradition fosters community and is highly anticipated by students, as well as faculty. In this session, we will explore how to create a Logic School honor code, how to use devotion groups to create fellowship across grade levels and the importance of celebrating together.

Mary Clifford

Mary Clifford has been in the field of education for almost 20 years and has taught at the Geneva School of Boerne for 12 years. She currently teaches 6th-grade English and 8th-grade dialectic. She is a two-time recipient of the Paideia Award for excellence in teaching in both the Grammar and Logic Schools. She and her husband have two sons who are both graduates of the Geneva School of Boerne. Mary is an avid reader, paddleboarder and Francophile.

Cultivating a Sense of Wonder

What does it mean to have a sense of wonder and why is it so essential for our students? We will explore these questions as well as the challenges we face as educators in cultivating the quality of wonder in our classrooms, from kindergarten through high school. Please bring your own ideas and experiences as we discuss practical ways to cultivate and promote a sense of wonder in our students.

Mary Clifford

Mary Clifford is a Logic School Humanities teacher at the Geneva School of Boerne. She has taught at Geneva for nine years and is a former Grammar School Paideia Award winner for excellence in teaching. She and her husband have two sons and live in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.