Today was a special day for me for two reasons.
First, I had the opportunity to listen to a group of dedicated and thoughtful high school teachers discuss the experience each had spending an entire day as a student at WGHS. To a person, they shared their experiences and the thoughts, images, and words that still resonate. While not surprised, I was moved by their care and commitment for the children they work very hard to serve. "Thank you" to their principal, Jon Clark, for providing them with the opportunity to experience a student's day and for bringing them back to debrief the experience with one another. In addition, Dr. Clark is planning on having them share a summary of their experiences and reflections with colleagues at an upcoming meeting!
Secondly, I had the opportunity to take in the balloon launch at Hixson (video below). While on the surface it may purely look like fun (Which clearly it was!), the children are actually involved in the process of learning as they explore: 1) how the Kinetic Molecular Theory might be used to illustrate particle movement in each state of matter, and 2) how changes in energy change volume of matter. "Thank you" to the teachers and all those supporting such an engaging and meaningful learning experience for children!
We're blessed to be in a district in which staff are committed to their own continued growth in support of relevant, engaging, and relational learning for children!
Each child, Each day...John