During the professional development day on Friday, November 7, Mandarin instructor Glenda Ding introduced the faculty to Chinese calligraphy. Both an art form as well as the traditional form of writing throughout East Asia, Chinese calligraphy employs special brushes which Glenda tracked down and purchased in China this past summer. Using a specific vertical brush hold, the calligrapher takes and holds a breath while applying just enough pressure. The aim is to paint straight lines with the right amount of width to create an aesthetic result. In the words of one teacher, “It was a very meditative activity and an amazing experience that will no doubt be thrilling to the children when Ms. Ding introduces it to them later this year.”

 

The rest of the day was spent meeting with other faculty members. Professional development days are a wonderful gift that allow the faculty to take up something new and have more time with each other during the school year.