Two teachers in my school–Suzanne and Deb–encouraged me to take on the Slice of Life Challenge. I have known them for many years, but until this year I worked in another building. It is my privilege to work more closely with them now. I did not realize that it would lead to this experience of reading and enjoying each other’s writing while connecting with so many other dedicated teachers and writers.
Suzanne and Deb are already familiar with something I am including below. They serve on a committee with me, and we are working together to craft as grand as possible a vision for our school while grounding it in meaningful, substantive practice. We have already begun to make modest movement in the direction of this vision.
With other thoughtful educators reading, I wonder if I might ask what my committee could add to what we imagine for our school. Please feel free to make suggestions.
Imagine a school…
…where each year the flow of effort becomes more unified, where drudgery is diminished, and teachers’ time and care truly serves the children.
…in which a sensible pace leaves no one in fear of falling behind.
…with students who lead classroom routines as their age and readiness permit.
…that promotes a unified expectation of calm, order, and respect.
…whose activities and learning give children something more sustaining than the idleness they crave in the absence of genuine attention and care.
…in which children instruct as much as the teachers.
…whose teachers learn as much as the students.
…where anyone’s ideas can change everyone’s experience.
…whose mission addresses what we will become as much as it does what we must learn.
…to which we long to come each morning.
…where all people feel valued and important.
…that makes us part of something greater than ourselves.