Author: Kerry Salazar

Mar
13

Curiosity

Last night I was reading a story to my two-year-old son. On each page he stopped to ask me a question. Sometimes I tried to answer with what I thought, sometimes I asked him what he thought, and sometimes I told him I didn’t know. No matter what I said to him, he followed up […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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Jan
26

Feeling Big

“The child is not a citizen of the future; he is a citizen from the very first moment of life and also the most important citizen because he represents and brings the ‘possible’…a bearer, here and now of rights, of values, of culture.” -Carlina Rinaldi, In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, Researching and Learning A […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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Dec
01

Making 1 from 20

This year, the Dogwood Community was invited to write the story for a school-wide community celebration, the Lantern Walk. The Lantern Walk is held each year when the days grow shorter as winter sets in. The message below, sent to families each year, captures the intentions of this tradition. The idea behind the Lantern Walk […]
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By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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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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