Author: Kerry Salazar

Sep
23

Partner Explore

  “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.” –Brené Brown We’re only in our third week of school, and the Dogwood community has been spending a lot of time thinking together about […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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Apr
12

What brine do you soak in?

Students in Opal 4 have been working to seek connections between some of their experiences in Opal 4 this year, the questions we’ve been exploring around perspective taking, and Opal School’s goals and expectations (which we first wrote about here). Because we know that the use of materials supports students to seek these connections and […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Intermediate
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Dec
16

Exploring Opal School’s Goals and Expectations for Students: Part 1

One important document that lives inside the family handbook that goes home at the beginning of each year is Opal School’s goals and expectations for students. As teachers, this document is a critical piece of our work. We use it as a resource for planning, reflecting and assessing. It serves as a guiding document that […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Intermediate
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Sep
22

September Stories

Each September I find myself wanting to pick right up where we left off in June. The end of the school year is one of my favorite times. It is a time of synthesis and reflection. It’s a time of celebration of growth and learning. It’s a time where all those pieces we’ve been holding onto […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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The We That I Am

Children in Opal 2 spend a year immersed in a study of “The We That I Am,” exploring the complexities of the self within a community. Together with their peers and teachers they consider questions such as: What is a community? What does it mean to be a part of a community? What is my […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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Change

Springtime has me thinking about change. Change can feel hard and scary, but it can also provide a source of comfort. It can bring darkness and rain but also light and growth. Change can be a good thing. Often, when things change, we grow and learn in new ways—ways that couldn’t have been possible without […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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Keeping the Work Whole

So often in our society we view learning in pieces. Teaching and learning are viewed separately, as though somehow isolated from each other. Curriculum is broken into discrepant lesson plans to a degree that it obscures connections – across disciplines and between the classroom and the larger world. But the connections are there. They are there […]

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Playing with Ideas

A “science talk” is a structure we use at Opal School to invite the children to play with ideas. It is intended to provoke thinking and to build shared understanding of a scientific question that we think the children might have some theories about. This structure is one of the ways we encourage children to […]

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Book Love!

Pajama Day + New Books = A whole lot of book love in Opal 2!!!

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Evidence of Friendship

As a new community, one of the most important ways we build relationships and connections is through shared experiences. Field trips provide our community with a fresh opportunity to get out of the classroom and be together in ways we haven't been before. No matter what kinds of experiences each of us might have outside […]

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