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Chris Caldemeyer

Middle School Writing Teacher
B.A. English, Kenyon College
M.A. Creative Writing, New York University

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students

What’s most important to me as a teacher is that my students feel as though they can express themselves freely and take risks with their writing. This is not so much a skill as it is a muscle they must exercise. I also want my students to understand the power of good writing. This is a skill that they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives, regardless of what they choose to do in the future.

Teaching methods that reach these goals

Using interesting and creative assignments, my students are able to focus on their creativity while practicing good writing mechanics. It is important for my students to practice writing and practice often. When they move up into the Upper School, my goal is to allow for their writing to be the least of their worries. In the Middle School, we try and establish a foundation that is strong and broad.

My favorite projects

My favorite assignment is when my students re-write one of the Grimm’s fairy tales. They come up with some of the most amazing stories, using the original tale to support their varied machinations. But before they start writing they’re required to write a detailed summary of the original story. So while we focus on the creative process of storytelling, we also practice basic writing skills that accompany what they learn in English class.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills

What I love the most about Seven Hills is the community of teachers, students, and parents; all in it to bring the best possible educational experience for the kids. This campus really feels like home. The students are wonderful and the parents are kind and always helpful.