My quick trip (again) to Little Rock and then to the North East where I visited a few independent boarding and day schools went well. I was able to chat with a few faculty members while sorting through archival records as part of a current research and writing project. I was most impressed with how some of the campuses I visited have maintained a wonderful sense of tradition and academic rigor. While walking across Exeter’s campus, I was quickley reminded of John Knowles’ fictional depiction of Exeter as the Devon School in his award wining book, A Separate Peace. As I noted in a previous blog piece, I champion the Socratic Harkness method of teaching. I have used this method for years and believe that it is the best approch to challenging bright and motivated students. Charles Terry, the Lewis Perry Professor and chair of the English Department and 11th /12th grade instructor at Phillips Exeter writes about the importance of tradition and teaching via Harkness. This is a really good read. As I enter into my 8th year of teaching, I am excited to note that there is no sign of burnout. This was my greatest fear when I decided to become an educator; I was concerned that there would not be enough intellectual engagment to keep me curious and motivated. In part, this is why I have committed myself to being more than just a person who conveys knowledge to students. Being active in research and writing has not only made me a better teacher, it has allowed me to meet and spend time with other faculty members across the country. And, it has kept me on the road or in the air for all but two weeks this summer. Furthermore, after my recent visit to the New England states, I discovered a new purpose and attitude toward teaching in a private school. I am looking forward to my return this spring.