This first week, students focused on their learning needs, and explored what aspects of a learning environment help them to best engage with learning. They worked together to create a list of Community Values, which help us all (students and teachers) cultivate a learning environment where everyone feels supported. Students also did a deep dive into their feelings in Wellness to explore how they feel about learning both at school and at home, and to see what drives them. We even got to make a huge list of things that we love to do that make us feel happy and inspired! These lists are great to reference later in the year as well, when students need reminders of things that help them stay motivated and tools that allow them to thrive.
In Language Arts, students worked on their descriptive writing skills by describing a mystery object using descriptive language. Using a structure word chart, students had to describe their mystery object to the class. The class had to guess what the object was based purely on the words alone! Working on these skills early in the year helps to create a platform for students to work from when they begin writing, and to note what type of language they usually gravitate towards first. This helps teachers develop a writing system for them throughout the year, and highlight any strengths that may appear with their descriptive language.
We can't wait to see what this school year has in store for our learning, and hope that everyone both inside and outside our community stays safe this school year. We're all in this together - Let's support each other and keep learning alive!