Hi Breed website readers!
I am Mary Mahoney, 6th grade Enterprise cluster teacher of Ancient History. My Masters degree from Lesley University is Integrating the Arts into Education. I've been teaching in Lynn for 20 years at various levels, including pre-K, grades 2 and 3, grade 6 classroom teacher, and now grade 6 Social Studies teacher.
Our ancient history travels here at Breed begin in prehistoric Stone Age times and continue through ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, We learn how civilizations developed, thrived, and eventually fell. Our lives today (government, language, laws and especially ART) have their roots in the ancient civilizations. To paraphrase the famous musician B.B.King, "You won't know where you're going if you don't look back at where you've been". In most ways, history does keep repeating itself.
I enjoy the opportunities this course gives me to explore our world through hands on learning. Children learn in different ways, something the arts provide. After kids and animals, I most love ART! Students learn through artistic self expression that showcases their talents. My students' sculptures, project designs and other imaginative creations amaze me every year.
I expect my classroom to be a challenging place where WE ALL learn by confidently trying new things, sharing our talents, ideas and knowledge as we go. I expect my students to come prepared to do their best, with a willingness to share their various abilities and with a serious commitment to a respectful, co-operative learning environment.
Q. Why am I standing partway up a ladder in my photo?
A. Our motto is "Mistakes are steps up the learning ladder". We welcome mistakes! We dare to try new things. We don't expect to reach the top, but we do hope to enjoy a rewarding climb. The ladder never ends. We are all lifelong learners who continue to make mistakes. We view mistakes as opportunities to learn and improve in my classroom, as they are in life. No mistakes, no progress!