staffupdate_october202016revised2.pdfstaffupdate_october202016revised.pdfLearning is messy. Wander into my classroom and get lost in a sea of crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue sticks. Books from the classroom library pile up in baskets on the tables as students hoard their favorites and refuse to put them away. Lost staples lay on the floor forgotten as students staple, rip apart, and restaple their latest stories. Remnants of eraser shavings, glue, and water colors stain the tables. Paper scraps, math manipulatives, and pencils litter the floor. These are the tools of learning.
Learning is loud. A buzz circulates my room as students read books aloud to themselves and others, sing along to song books, roll dice, and enthusiastically join in on read aloud melodies coming from iPads. Support teachers roll in and out like waves, gathering up students who need help and depositing them back again. These are the sounds of learning.
Learning is risky. Every day I push my students to the edge, only to move the mark the next day so the goal remains just out of reach. Students think, raise their hands, share their ideas, revise their ideas, and learn from their mistakes. I ask them to do things they don’t know how to do, and to try their best, and to never give up. The frustration can sometimes well up on their faces, only to transform into wonder and excitement when things finally click. This is the work of learning.
Learning is the reason for it all. Learning is the reason we must embrace risk, embrace loud, and embrace the MESS!
Here is your staff update for October 20th.