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October 14, 2020 | Brent Harris

Although things are much different this year, it’s been really nice to recognize that despite all of the changes and craziness, 7th grade students are still 7th grade students. They tend to talk a lot in class, they laugh hysterically at most things, and they are very sincere and curious. This 7th grade group has helped me retain a sense of normalcy, and I am gathering that this is also true among the students. There are a number of things that we’ve been doing as a 7th grade community to ensure that this feeling stays in place.

Our days are bookended with some casual, unstructured time. In the mornings, we have a morning meeting and have been playing lots of games that get the students interacting with each other. Morning meetings have been a really great way for me to get to know the students and their personalities. In the afternoons, we have “park” time. We have been playing a little bit of soccer in the gym, but also enjoying a lot of trivia-based games. A couple weeks back, all of the students in my cohort played a trivia game and faced off against Sasha and Finn. I won’t say how it ended. But perhaps you can ask your child. Although our “park” time comes at the end of the day, it’s consistently been a great way to let off some steam by moving around a bit, especially after a number of hours staying in our classrooms.

These 7th graders are awesome. Even though it’s early in the year, I am very excited about the community that we will build together. Thanks for sharing them with me!

— Mr. Harris

Brent Harris

Teacher, Grade 7; Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Brent Harris has been teaching Middle School students since 2015. He loves teaching students how to understand the world through literature and writing. He teaches English Language Arts, but he likes to teach other things too! Both of Mr. Harris' parents are educators, and despite trying his hardest to avoid following in his parents’ footsteps, he graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Education and a Minor in Physical Education; as a result, Brent is a great argument piece for any “Nature versus Nurture” debate.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Harris enjoys playing guitar and drums, listening to music, spending time outside, playing sports, and hanging out with his kind and loving wife, Lauren. A native of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Harris stays true to all the Canadian stereotypes by being extremely kind and perpetually sorry. He has been a director and counselor at multiple children’s camps in Canada and Michigan, and he appreciates the idea of teaching students and campers in a place where there is freedom to entertain new ideas and try out new things. Mr. Harris has enjoyed coaching volleyball, soccer, and baseball, and while he loves nature, he is being slowly converted into a city boy.

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