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The We That I Am

This post comes from Opal School Teacher-Researcher Kerry Salazar.  It discusses the work of Opal 2 (grades 1-2.)  Learn more about this project – and see the panels themselves – at the Opal School Summer Symposium. Children in Opal 2 spend a year immersed in a study of "The We That I Am," exploring the complexities […]

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Friday Update – The Week in Pictures 03.14.14

Here are the Highlights and Ask Me Abouts for this week. Highlights Removing the tape from our newly painted walls to reveal the "old blue tape murals." Improv Work – We have been playing a lot of drama improv games in the classroom for the last couple of weeks. These games are supporting our work in dramatic play, […]

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It looks like it’s in the past now

 What will happen if we paint over our blue tape murals and then pull off the tape?                             "It looks like a cloud, like in a dream in a comic book."  -NT "It seems more permanent now."  -EL  "It looks like it's […]

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Thinking About the Role of Provocation

I am writing this blog post from an airplane at 35,000 feet, on my way to New York City for a three day visit with family.  What a stark contrast to the traveling we have been reenacting in our classroom this week!  On Wednesday morning, the students of Opal 4 were all passengers on a […]

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What do visitors focus on at Opal School?

Last month, a group of teachers and administrators from the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education at South Dakota State University spent two days engaged in observation, investigation, and conversation at Opal School.  In this post, Dr. Kay Cutler, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Center, discusses the experience and the influence […]

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The Power of Story Part 1

“When we say ‘old friend’, what we really mean is, I know your story and you know mine.”  ~Ralph Fletcher, Writing instructor/Author     The Power of Story In January we hosted a curriculum night for Beginning School parents on the topic, The Power of Story. We enjoyed meeting with many who were able to […]

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When you draw an object…

by Mary Gage Davis "When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive.  And its that act of attention that allows you to really grasp something, to become fully conscious of it… drawing is really a kind of thinking."   - Milton Glasser    

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Making Sense of Transitions in US History

Transitioning from reenacting King Philip’s War to understanding the colonial period in US History or How does a deep dive into a time, place and story give fourth and fifth graders the knowledge, understanding and experience to predict what European colonists and defeated Indians will do next? As I am sure anyone with any connection […]

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Researching Play in the Arboretum

by Hannah Chandler Part of our work in designing the playground has been rooted in understanding the work of design. What does design mean? How do designers do their work? Where do they find their inspiration? In order to better understand the work of designers, we visited several bike designers around Portland to interview them […]

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Exploring Balance

  Teacher: I had a connection and wanted to bring this word back into our conversations. It actually came up first when we were thinking about bikes.  The word is balance. What comes to mind when you think of balance?   We begin a list on the white board as children share:   weight – […]

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