September 6, 2019
I Do and I Understand
The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius expressed his belief in the importance of learning from experience when he wrote: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Our high schoolers not only learned about phospholipids in order to regurgitate the information for the test on Friday, they learned it on a much more permanent basis. Now here is the really great thing about being a “whole school.” When you are learning something new and as exciting as phospholipids (not my idea of excitement but overheard from Ms. Presgraves’ Anatomy and Physiology students), it can be a challenge to remember all the ins and outs of that physiology.
So, enter Confucius’ “learning curve equation” – not only do you have to know it yourself, you must come up with a creative way to explain the process to a group of non-medically-inclined and fidgety first through third graders! Therein lies the challenge AND the positive learning curve.
But you had better believe it – when upper-classman Nestor (the tall one with orange balloon hat) finds himself in Advanced Biology in college, he will remember phospholipids and the fun he, along with his ballooned classmates, had teaching them to the young students at MSA. In this case, “I do (and teach) and I understand.” And have a good memory to laugh about to boot!
Dates to Remember
September 16-27 - MAP Growth testing (grades 2-9)
September 19 - Toddler Two Covered Dish Dinner
September 21 - International Day of Peace
September 26 - Toddler Three Covered Dish Dinner
October 8 - Family, Food, and Philosophy event
October 11 - Early dismissal for professional development, no extended care
October 14-18 - Fall Break, extended day available
Nurse's Notes: Safety Alert
Please reduce speed while traveling on MSA school property. Due to the increased amount of traffic on our campus, we respectfully request that you remain with your children at all times while on the MSA campus. Pedestrians (especially small ones) are difficult to see and we want to address this safety issue to protect the lives of our MSA students and visitors. Too often, drivers are in large vehicles, become distracted and may not see a little one who has gotten away from their caregiver. It is essential that all visitors and students use the sidewalks and remain in control of the children at all times.
All children should remain restrained in their cars at all times and until they have arrived at their respective classroom(s). SC State law regarding carseats/restraints still apply when on MSA's private property. Please make sure that children under age 13 are in the backseat, properly restrained and in carseat/booster seat if applicable. Please refrain from allowing children to place hands, feet and heads out of the windows and sunroofs. Aside from being unsafe practice, it poses a safety hazard and the behavior is quickly mimicked by other children.
Thank you in advanced for your cooperation.
Susanna Merriman, RN