This past Wednesday we took time as an elementary faculty to celebrate some of the outstanding student and teacher work that has happened since September. Often times we are so engrossed in thinking about what lies ahead that we forget to take a moment to pause, reflect and take pride in what we have accomplished.
As mentioned in a previous post, one of our main areas of focus this year is our writing program. Since August, the faculty has made a huge commitment to implement best practices and utilize our new curricular resources. Always eager to learn, teachers have also been visiting each other’s classrooms to get new ideas and enrich their own practices. Most importantly, teachers throughout the elementary school have commented how the overall quality of student writing has improved immensely this year. For us, this makes all of the time and effort more than worth it!
In order to say thanks to the teachers for all their work and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments, we held a small celebration with snacks and cava. Teachers from each grade level were asked to bring different samples of student writing and share some of their successes. For me, the highlight was being able to see the progression from Nursery, where children are learning that books have main ideas with supporting illustrations, all the way to our 5th grade teachers who have worked with their students to pull out the rich details and emotions of a single moment in their lives. With every passing grade, the level of sophistication and complexity in the writing increased, which demonstrated the power of a team of teachers working in unison to build an elementary community of writers.