A Word From...Molly Clack: XTerms

Molly Clack, SOR Language Department Chair
"Whatever we do, whether in the classroom, or on the sports field, or even as we enjoy our hobbies, we are called to do it for the glory of God." - Molly Clack
If you happened to be walking through the halls of the School of Rhetoric on a Monday morning recently, you would have seen students painting, dancing, playing Mah-jong, listening to the wisdom of a Regents alumna, discussing the history of hip-hop, analyzing superhero movies, and learning the ins and outs of the stock market, among many other activities. You would have seen and heard all of these wonderful pursuits because we were enjoying our beloved Xterm season of Advisory. For three Mondays during Advisory, students attend courses offered by Regents faculty, staff, and select senior students, based on their interests.

Students anxiously await Xterm season each year, because they look forward to bonding with a teacher and fellow students via a shared interest. Xterms are also a welcome break from the typical rhythms of the school day. It is for this reason that we schedule Xterms in February, traditionally the grumpiest time of the academic year! But more importantly, when we take a break from the busyness to enjoy gardening, yoga, walking through the trees, or playing a board game, we are simply living life together, being human together, and it is in these moments that spiritual discipleship naturally happens. Paul tells the church at Colossae, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17) Whatever we do, whether in the classroom, or on the sports field, or even as we enjoy our hobbies, we are called to do it for the glory of God. Xterms are a great way for us to model that for our students.

It is also so beneficial for students to see their teachers model a love of learning and share interests that transcend their area of expertise. Ryan Magill, Latin and Rhetoric teacher, helped his students better understand the chemical composition of stars by analyzing light spectrums from ionized gas tubes in his Astronomy Xterm. Christopher Knepp, Bible teacher, introduced students to exotic teas like Lapsang Souchong and Puerh in his Tea Time Xterm. At dinner tonight, ask your SOR student what they enjoyed most about their Xterm, or what Xterm they’d like to teach when they are seniors!
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