We had a really great week at The Sierra School. The weather has become just a little bit cooler here and just as gorgeous as ever. Our tether ball got appropriately set up in our school garden. We started reading The Diary of Ann Frank. We are well into week 2 of daily journal writing inspired by Ann Frank's model. The students can't get enough. We had math tests today. In advanced Spanish, students are preparing our first blog "radio cast" as "little farmers" on sustainable agriculture. Students participated in our school meeting and Eli shared a book on turtles he made. Following Danielle Beaulieu's inspiration, at all school lunch and meeting on Thursday, I introduced the "wishing stones" story and every study got one. I explained to the students that Danielle is an exceptionally extraordinary educator and great inspiration and my wish is that she also come to visit. I also explained that she is the goddess of wishing stones and she will tell her own and first version of the wishing stone story. We had shared fruit snack on Friday--our first, another ISP inspiration. Shade cloth was put up over part of our garden so that plants can grow in less burning sun. Fabrice played tether ball with the kids. Every student met with their teacher mentor to reflect on goals, questions, problems, hopes... Mastering their weekly routine, all students cleaned the whole school and garden on Friday (sweeping, mopping, raking, watering, weeding, cleaning the bathroom floor and counter (the teacher's clean the toilet for reasons of hygiene). Aliya and Sebastian are becoming friends and played tether ball together for two days after school. Nataly followed up on our permaculture visit and led a class on composting theory--we can all participate in bettering our environment. We followed the local permaculture recipe and made a compost hole and pile. Eli's dad donated a compost container. We had a great teacher meeting and made progress on several issues of protocol and had our first introduction to the idea of collaborate teaching and concept/inquiry-based learning.
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