There are different paths that can be taken when traveling on a journey.  Each path will present different experiences. Those experiences will support how much or how little the traveler will learn and grow as a result of that journey.

We are all on a journey together as citizen-leaders here at Ravenscroft.

As I shared on Parent Night, I believe in the path of scholar for our children in Lower School.

“You are scholars. As such, we will become independent, autonomous, and self-reliant, as we discover the requisite knowledge and skills to make change happen. As scholars, we will uncover problems and seek out solutions. We will apply what we develop during our exploration in order to serve an authentic audience – whether it be the people in our community, our organization, our country, or the world. Unlike students who are given the context for learning, as scholars, we will create it.” Call to Action for First Day of School- Education Week, July 31, 2015

It has been exciting to observe the ways our Lower School faculty have already been nurturing the path of the scholar in the first few weeks of school.

 

Pre-Kindergarten writers have enjoyed lively discussions about how writers write about things they love and how they can share their stories. They have done a lot of noticing and discovering what writers like to do and how writers can tell a story just by drawing.

Kindergarten readers have been learning what it means to be independent in the context of their reading workshop. They have launched the Daily Five and have been building their “stamina” each day– intentionally learning about and practicing what it looks and feels like to read independently.

1st Grade mathematicians have been uncovering addition problems and using multiple strategies to seek out solutions to the equations. They have also been learning how to be self-reliant as they transition between three different rotations in math workshop–math with the teacher, math with a partner, and math with technology (Dreambox).

2nd Grade scientists have been exploring simple machines and learning how simple machines can make work easier. They have been discovering examples of simple machines all around them in their natural environment, even finding a pulley on the flagpole in the center of our beautiful campus. Recently,in an effort to get an egg safely from the desk to the ground without breaking, students created an inclined plane since they had learned that inclined planes lower the force needed to move something.

3rd Grade historians learned about the anniversary of 9/11 and read the book  Fireboat-The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman.The author’s uplifting message is that on this horribly tragic day, there were regular people who came forward and became heroes.  All of the third graders then wrote letters to an authentic audience— local fire stations and the Raleigh Police Officers who work on our campus to keep us safe– to show their gratitude and thank them for being our everyday heroes.

4th Grade engineers have been learning about the scientific process involved in design and have been applying that knowledge by creating plans for their “green” cars of the future.  They are also working on presentations to explain the features and functions of their cars from an engineering and marketing perspective.

5th Grade citizen leaders have been making change happen in our community by organizing the first Recycling Club in Lower School. A group of special volunteers, who have a passion for recycling, is monitoring cleanup in our dining hall to help students improve their sorting of compostable materials, recyclables, trash, and reusable plates, cups and silverware.

 

We are so incredibly proud of all the members of the Lower School community — children and adults — for all their hard work, positive energy, and creativity to start the school year.

 

The path our children are on may be different than when we traveled school as students, and on the path of the scholar, I can already tell these young citizen-leaders are becoming independent, autonomous, and self-reliant, as they discover the requisite knowledge and skills to make change happen in our world.

 

 

Image from: http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/facilitating-change/2013/08/fear-of-change-at-the-fork-in-the-road/

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