From the desk of Dr. Harrell
September 13, 2021
I was reading a book by Ken Robinson, Creative Schools, this weekend. In a section called, The Power of Teaching, he makes an analogy of a teacher to a gardener.
I’ve said that education is a living process that can best be compared to agriculture. Gardeners know that they don’t make plants grow. They don’t attach the roots, glue the leaves, and paint the petals. Plants grow themselves. The job of the gardener is to create the best conditions for that to happen. Good gardeners create those conditions, and poor ones don’t. It’s the same with teaching. Good teachers create the conditions for learning, and poor ones don’t. Good teachers also know that they are not always in control of these conditions.
He goes on to say,
In practice, teachers in all disciplines usually do - and should - use a wide repertory of approaches, sometimes teaching facts and information through direct instruction, sometimes facilitating exploratory group activities and projects. Getting that balance right is what the art of teaching is all about.”
As I walk through our campuses, I enjoy seeing classrooms where students are challenged to use their creativity and gifts to solve and better understand their learning. Teachers, you do a masterful job creating classrooms where students are nurtured and included, so all students grow. These are strange times we wake up to each day, but one thing is certain, tomorrow your Students Are Looking To You to be their gardener. So stay SALTY.
Below is a link that I have shared before, but I feel it is good to watch and reflect on our practices in the classroom and campuses and if what we do mirrors what we intend. The video is about 20 minutes long, has some humor; it is an easy watch.
I Believe in U
Always Rep the U
Stay Loyal and True
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The First Responder's Day Ceremony began at 7:45 am by the flagpole. The ceremony was a student-led ceremony with Sophia Luna and Dawson Wagner proudly displaying flags. The US Pledge was led by Michael Atkinson. Two heartfelt poems were read a 911 Poem by Emma Ott and a First Responders Poem by Mily Gonzales. The event was properly concluded with a prayer by Santiago Villarreal. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with appreciation and rememberance.
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6th grade -Avah Longoria-Being Responsible
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