Building the Container

And just like that, it is October!

When teachers return to school in mid-August, we use the time to connect as a team, reflect on the previous year, revisit our shared agreements, and to dream about the year ahead. This year we are aspiring to one standard: to create the optimal conditions for courageous thought. Hum, so what does that mean?

Well, in order to be courageous we believe students first need to feel safe, welcome and included. We accomplish this by working alongside students to create a learning space where every individual can be smart, curious, kind, and resilient. Together, we build the container for learning. By developing positive teacher/student relationships, establishing clear classroom expectations, consistent routines, organized workspaces, student ownership of the expectations, routines and workspaces, and a method of resetting when needed, the optimal conditions for courageous thought are in tact.

You can see evidence of the container for learning in every classroom, All School Meeting, and school project. We also hope you are seeing the sparks of courageous thought. We certainly are!

Here are a few examples:

  • The K’s have been presenting their writing at All School Meetings
  • On any given day, 1st and 2nd graders are using the “Secret Stories” to tackle spelling unfamiliar words
  • Have you ever heard of a grammar boogie? Just ask a 3rd or 4th grader! These kids are also running their own fort society
  • Multiplying 3-digit by 3-digit numbers, finding the LCM, 40 Book Challenge, identifying first vs. third person perspective, presenting Spanish-speaking country studies to your peers, and challenging your teachers to a kickball game- all courageous Middle School acts!

We are off to a fantastic start to the school year!


So curious about our pumpkin fairy. If it is you, thank you!