Opal School Blog

Sep
18

Setting the Table with Watercolor

Following last week’s workshop in Hong Kong, I received this message over Twitter from @LewisNewman12: I don’t think I have ever attended a PD with so many engaging speakers, wonderful provocations, big questions being explored, that also provided so many real life examples of best practice and tangible takeaways. I simply love the idea of […]

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Sep
13

Glimpses into the first week

When people come to visit Opal School, we often hear the question, “What does all of this look like in the beginning of the year? How do you start?” And really, that can feel tricky to respond to, because it never looks just the same as it did before. New children, new families, new teachers, […]

By Kerry Salazar | Teaching and Learning
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Sep
07

Starting with Story Workshop

Story Workshop begins on the first day of the new school year. Here’s what it looked like!

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Aug
30

Getting Ourselves Ready

The teachers are back to work at Opal School this week, getting environments ready, cracking open big ideas, and imagining possibilities in anticipation of the children arriving on Tuesday. The primary team began our work together this year by sharing our excitement: things that each one of us was looking forward to exploring with children […]

By Kerry Salazar | Teaching and Learning
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Aug
11

Building nests together

Opal School has a long relationship with Alise Shafer Ivey and Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles. We’ve admired and contributed to the important work that they’ve led with teachers in Los Angeles and Nest centers serving young refugees in Greece, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and, now, the US/Mexico border. Here, we offer insights […]

By Kathryn Ann Myers | Teaching and Learning
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Jun
24

Becoming Who I Am

What is the lifelong value of an exceptional early childhood learning environment?

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Jun
07

A treasury of video resources

As this school year comes to a close, many of you are on the verge of having more flexible schedules – allowing some new viewing time. Readers at this site might not be aware of all the resources being posted on our companion site. In case you’ve been missing them, here are a few videos […]

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Apr
16

Working on Whiteness

Have you read the book Not My Idea by Anastasia Higgenbotham? Several weeks ago, Anastasia dropped by Opal School to speak with the 4th and 5th graders in our Willow classroom. She joined us there to talk to us about whiteness. The children were ready for her.

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Apr
10

The rights of bugs

One of our goals for all students in our school is to take action as mindful citizens who care about making contributions to a future that acknowledges living systems as an integrated whole. We want every child to know, as we do, that their unique ways of being offer essential ideas and strategies which deepen […]

By Tara Papandrew | Teaching and Learning
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Mar
24

Materials In All Phases of The Writing Process

The kindergarten and first grade children in Cottonwood have been preparing to publish stories about characters that they invented and developed over time. These characters include hummingbirds, snapping turtles, crabs, ladybugs, deer, a peach, many different kinds of owls, and even a hiker named “Mikey Hikey.” In the early stages of writing, the children were […]

By Sarah MacPherson | Teaching and Learning
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