As I reflect on the past week and a half, I continue to be grateful for God’s goodness. He placed a vision in my heart for a school like no other in our community, and He is bringing it to pass. On several occasions, I have been teaching and suddenly experienced amazement that I am really running my dream school! Now I’m not trying to say that it’s a perfect school, because that’s not possible. And I’m not telling you that I am the best teacher or administrator that ever was, because I’m certainly not. I’m not even saying I have the perfect group of kids to teach. What I am saying is this: God blessed me with a vision and He brought together a group of students and faculty to carry out that vision. I just don’t think it gets any better than that!
Over the past eight days, we have spent the majority of the time getting to know each other and communicating expectations. We haven’t delved into heavy academics yet, because it’s more important at this point to set the tone for the school year. Establishing a learning climate is essential to good learning, so we are making an investment that will pay off.
Our Monday and Wednesday students have begun to write autobiographies, and they will share those this week. They have participated in a number of activities to get to know each other’s names and interests. They have begun to consider place value, which is of high importance to mathematical understanding. And we have begun reading, writing, and math assessments. The results will determine groupings and instructional needs for the year.
Our full-time students have created earthworm habitats, gone on the first nature walk of the year, studied ecosystems, observed an ecosystem on our grounds, and begun to learn how to do center work in math and literacy. In art, they made crosses by learning paper-folding techniques. In music, they practiced rhythms.
In the coming weeks, I anticipate students catching on to our routines and expectations, and I believe we will become an increasingly cohesive group. I am excited to see what God will continue to do in our lives as we continue to submit to His guidance.