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, […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
In addition to questions related to documentation, the SDSU group came to Opal interested in learning more about how to help children create detailed observational drawings. It was spectacular happenstance, then, that some of the visitors and I came across Mary Gage working with a small group of students in Opal 1. We walked out of Opal 1 thrilled: We had witnessed a master class on just the issue we were hoping to come across.
When the rains come to the Northwest, I love to spend weekends searching for chanterelles. During all season, I find transcendent pleasure in wandering through an old growth forest – but in the fall, when it's covered with leafy debris, that joy is enhanced by the delight of stumbling over a patch of those golden […]