As a child, I LOVED school. I still love school. Interestingly, though, I can remember often telling others that my favorite things about school were lunch, recess, and P.E. I still hear students repeat this refrain. My own first-grade son retells events from lunch, recess, and PE far more often than other details. Is it the freedom to move around, choose, and explore? Is it the time to talk more freely and process one’s tales and experiences? What makes lunch, recess, and PE so popular? What if we amplified the bright spots of lunch, recess, and PE? How might we copy success and sprinkle the magic of these moments across a curriculum and schedule?
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I think if classrooms amplified the feel of recess, PE and lunch, it would look like Synergy 8! And I think all or most classrooms could use a good dose of that. Today I am taking the ASB leadership of our Upper School out to map out a square meter of grass in our Falconer seminar, and that will be our dose of recess, getting out, and mapping the world to better understand how to approach problems.
Grant, I cannot wait to hear more about the square-meter-of-grass investigation from April 12. That investigation is such a powerful moment and approach in The Falconer!