As the year winds down, people are exhausted yet excited. Students are busy completing assessments, enjoying year end field trips, looking forward to vacation plans over the summer. Staff are gathering and marking assessments , preparing final report cards and looking forward to vacation plans as well. It’s time to celebrate our efforts.
Teachers are reflecting on how learning takes place in their classrooms more and more. As we have conversations informally in the halls, talking about the next year, people are excited about trying a new strategy, introducing a new activity or reviewing a new resource. The best part about this process is that people are sharing their ideas. Casual conversations as colleagues or formal conversations with a learning coach, people are communicating about best practices as they see things today.
As I reflect on my own learning this year, I am reminded that every adult and student that enter our schools are doing the best they can with what they have today. That looks different for each and every one of us. With a culture that focuses on fixing environments, recognizing strengths, encouraging independence and having high expectations for all, its natural to remember that all kids are special. Staff and students are moving forward in PSD 70.