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Invent Yourself
Tim Delehaunty

Earlier this fall, I wrote how students at all ages practice imagination here at Tower. I ended that piece, The Imagination Business, explaining how our oldest students picture themselves at the next place in their lives. Let’s look at that a little more closely. 

This fall I helped “mock” interview eighth graders as they prepared to meet with secondary schools. Several students from the class of 2018 came into my office and, over peppermint Life Savers, discussed the questions admissions officers might ask them.  

Looking back at my notes from those conversations, I can confirm our eighth graders have plenty to talk about. They report that they love English or math or art or drama, but they also talk more deeply about themselves as students. They say things like, “It was the challenge of the project in that class that helped me learn how to...

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Tim Delehaunty

I always enjoy turning the calendar page to the second month of school. Everyone feels invigorated in October! The habits and routines of the classroom are in place. The cooler weather suggests change and new ways of thinking about ourselves. The building, playgrounds, performance spaces, art studios and fields are full of fresh energy. 

I have been struck, in my first days at Tower, by how much of this energy is used for imagining. I saw it on the first day of school when students at Lower School recess ran across the athletic field to the tree line at the back of campus. In that space—created by children using sticks and branches to suggest two or three distinct "rooms" and covered by foliage overhead—imaginations are at work. I watched third and fourth graders create scenes and interact with each other in make-believe roles: teachers, front desk workers, cooks, caregivers. I couldn't follow the story the students were enacting, but that wasn't the point. The students were experimenting in essential ways that aid classroom and personal growth... 

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