A Typical Day

By Beverli Haroldsen What is a typical day at AVA?  At first glance, it doesn’t exist.  Our days don’t fit in a tidy little package to be placed in a day planner. No master schedule stands as sentinel, passing down arbitrary Read more…

A Week of Monopoly

Before working as a staff member at AVA, I worked for many years as a math and physics tutor. I tutored people of various ages and skill levels, ranging from grade school children to undergraduate college students. I always enjoyed it; helping people understand concepts that previously mystified them was engaging and rewarding. Unfortunately, my main takeaway from all those years of tutoring was that lots of people really dislike math. At best people find it dreadfully boring, and at worst the mere mention of the subject is enough to enrage or drive people to Read more…

Lunchtime Vignette

…This is lunchtime. It can happen at 10:30, 12:00, 1:00, or even 2:49 in the afternoon. It can happen once a day or several times a day – part of the natural flow of a typical day here at Alpine Valley Academy. Lunchtime can come in and out like a sudden thunderstorm or be like a lingering day at the beach with vacationers coming and going, vendors hawking their wares, or flighty birds swooping in for an occasional crumb. Though not repeated with the clockwork of ocean tides, lunchtime has its own Read more…