Author: Kerry Salazar

Working Together

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”      —Henry Ford This quote by Henry Ford reminds me of the journey we’ve been on so far in Opal 2 this year. “Coming together” was the easy part for most of us this year. Returning to relationships most of us had already […]

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Author’s Tea

Friday morning the week before spring break, Opal 2 students rushed into the classroom as their families patiently waited outside. Today was the day that they'd been waiting for and talking about for weeks. As each child entered the room, they looked around, checked to be sure that there were indeed cookies and tea as […]

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Feb
12

Cognition

Observing, listening, asking questions, and documenting student growth and learning is all a part of what we do as teachers every day at Opal School. As we document the growth and learning of the children in our classroom, of course we pay attention to the academic skills that they are acquiring, but we look for […]

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What is a story?

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."  ~Albert Einstein At Opal School we hope to nurture citizens who are thoughtful, creative thinkers and problem solvers who are willing to take risks and not shy away from challenges. Citizens who are willing to welcome uncertainty and who stay open to […]

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Something Beautiful

As we have continued to unpack the word “beautiful” in Opal 2, we have watched as children carefully and thoughtfully engage with the language of photography to capture their “beautiful” images, both in our arboretum and in downtown Portland on our fieldtrips. We are beginning to discover that what catches one person’s eye might be […]

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Opal 2 Community Heart Map

Opal School has a collection of guiding principles for teaching and learning (that you can find here ) that support the ways we approach our thinking, planning, observations, and instruction across the grades at Opal School. It is with these guiding principles in mind that we begin to prepare what we hope will become meaningful […]

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Oct
01

Inspiration

With all of our talk with Opal 2 students in this first month of school about intentions, some questions have come up about the process of being intentional and thinking about our thinking. Together with the children we’ve wondered: How do you have intentions but still stay open to possibilities?  Are there chances to be surprised and […]

By Kerry Salazar | Primary
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Book Love!

We have been talking a lot about "book love" in Opal 2 lately. You know, those special books that you just can't get enough of, that you love so much they have a special place in your heart? That's what we mean by book love. In fact, we have been loving our books so much […]

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Intentions

What kinds of skills will best support children to be successful citizens in our world today? In an ever changing world, we are quickly learning that school needs to look different for today’s children than it did for many of us. The increasing role that technology plays has decreased our need to memorize facts, because […]

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Mapping Our Hearts

Our most important work in the first few weeks (and months) of school is getting to know one another. Learning new things about one another, making connections, and celebrating developing relationships are all ways we are working to build this new community together. We need these things to begin to trust each other enough to […]

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