When do educators stop expecting good learning and respectful behavior at school? With the end of the school year near, when do we back away from redirecting students?
Today I saw Ms. French creatively retraining her students to follow along in line. I saw Ms. Ames working on a dance with 6th graders, and looking for precision. I received a suggestion from Ms. Keogh about how we can improve our fire-drill protocols. Ms. Holley coordinated three third-grade classes in science to help them design sound-dampening objects to quiet a noisy stairwell. Students on the School Culture Team made recommendations, too, about how they can help with establishing a bowling event at Marion Cross.
Learning doesn't commence at the beginning of a school year, nor does it culminate at the year's conclusion. Learning is continual, and it's great to see the adaptations that teachers and students make during different seasons of the year to underscore the idea that all times are learning opportunities, and those times are precious.
Enjoy the final couple of weeks of school, and recognize that learning brings great pleasure to our brains.
Bill Hammond, Principal