“The wonderful ideas that I refer to need not necessarily look wonderful to the outside world. I see no difference in kind between wonderful ideas that many other people have already had, and wonderful ideas that nobody has yet happened upon. That is, the nature of creative intellectual acts remains the same, whether it is an infant who for the first time makes the connection between seeing things and reaching for them…or a musician who invents a harmonic sequence, or an astronomer who develops a new theory of the creation of the universe. In each case, new connections are being made among things already mastered. The more we help children to have their wonderful ideas and to feel good about themselves for having them, the more likely it is that they will some day happen upon wonderful ideas that no one else has happened upon before.” — Eleanor Duckworth Continue reading
The Block Room – Part 1
In common conception, the work of art is often identified with the building, book, painting, or statue in its existence apart from human experience. Since the actual work of art is what the product does with and in experience, the result is not favorable to understanding. – John Dewey, Art as Experience (1934).
Thankful for Assets Community
When I sit down this year at our Thanksgiving table, I will be sharing gratitude for being a member of the wonderful school community we have here at Assets. How fortunate I am to work with such incredible students, a dedicated faculty and supportive families! Continue reading
K-8 Campus Construction Update (November 2, 2017)
A lot of exciting activity has occurred since our last update.
How’s the “Phase 0” construction going?
Great! The trailer on the backfield has been hauled away and the partial demo of the library and computer lab is complete. Those spaces are a little cozier now but they look fantastic. The land under where the library/lab was demolished has since been graded and grubbed, in preparation for the fire and construction access lane. We anticipate the fire/access lane paving to start tomorrow. Continue reading
Speaking with Your Child About the Vegas Attack
My blog this week was supposed to be about October being Dyslexia Awareness month and the Dyslexia Awareness Fair that is occurring on campus this Saturday. Instead, I woke up this morning, like many of us, to learn about the horrific mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas. We grieve for those killed, the hundreds injured and the countless friends and family members who are impacted by this abhorrent violence. As educators and parents, we also search for how best to help our children process this tragedy and the media blitz that will follow. Today is Day 1 of news coverage but certainly this story will dominate the news cycle for several days. How children are processing the news today may be different than in a few days. Continue reading