Inventors use curiosity and empathy to discover meaningful problems and develop novel responses.

You can’t really make a good decision without empathy.
It requires you to think of everyone’s perspective.

Olive, age 11

Children will discover meaningful problems and create novel solutions using curiosity and empathy when adults…

  • articulate and make their values visible through a Letter of Intent
  • pay attention to what children care about
  • use documentation to make visible those moments when children are demonstrating curiosity or empathy
  • look for and foster connections between the children’s interests, the concerns of the learning group, and global issues

Teachers will use curiosity and empathy to discover meaningful problems and create novel solutions when they…

  • reflect on relationships between school experiences and the school’s goals and values
  • pay attention to what they care about as individuals, professionals, and community members
  • articulate their intentions annually, revisit them often, and use them to inform daily planning
  • document and reflect on children’s thinking as a daily part of planning for instruction

(for Opal School Online Sustaining Members)