Department Locations Facilitate Teacher Interaction

The Spanish department sits on the third floor of Benilde Hall, adorned in Spanish decorations. (Photo by Blake Franklin)

The Spanish Department sits on the third floor of Benilde Hall, adorned in Spanish decorations. (Photo by Blake Franklin)

(COVINGTON, La) — For the convenience of students and teachers, St. Paul’s School has organized the classrooms of its many academic departments on campus in a way that supports interaction between students and faculty working together.

When exploring the buildings on campus, it is likely one will notice that the teachers of specific subjects have rooms near one another. Over the years, with the addition of more classroom space, improvements have been made to the placement of various departments.

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Religion classes reside on the first floor of Benilde Hall, the former home of the math department. (Photo by Blake Franklin)

“When I started here, math teachers used to be where the religion teachers are now,” Assistant Principal Joe Dickens said. “In (the) Briggs (Assembly Center), there used to be classrooms where religion was. Before the renovations, there were actually classrooms there, which was a bit of a weird setup to be honest.”

Currently, the entire second floor of Lasalle Hall is occupied by the Math Department. This is especially useful because of the constant interaction between math teachers. Since teachers of the same courses often share the same lesson plan, it is useful to keep in contact with each other.

The Main School Building holds science, English, and social studies classes.

The science classrooms sit conveniently across from the science lab. (Photo by Blake Franklin)

The science classrooms sit conveniently across from the science lab. (Photo by Blake Franklin)

“Science is an obvious fit for the second floor because of the lab renovations about 15 years ago,” Dickens said. “The next plan is to renovate Benilde (Hall).”

A big part of making decisions on where certain classes are located is taking into account how it can help teachers in the same department. To do this accurately, teachers maintain an open line of communication.

“We do a pretty good job of interacting with each other and keeping up with what each other is doing,” Dickens said.

An example of this is apparent in each class’ lesson plans on Edline, which are often shared and worked on between teachers.

“Teachers get together in a bunch of different ways,” Dickens said. “We even do some cross-curricular work, but we are thinking about mandating that just to open up collaboration and dialogue more between departments.”

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