Embracing a School-Wide Explorer’s Mindset is More Important Than Ever

gether exploring how our own views of the world influence our students’ curiosity, sense of responsibility to others, and perceptions of personal empowerment to lead change. Because this past school year marked challenges and opportunities for growth like never before, these kinds of questions and conversations are more prominent than ever. We are embracing a school-wide Explorer’s Mindset as we reflect on the past year and plan for the horizon ahead.  Continue reading Embracing a School-Wide Explorer’s Mindset is More Important Than Ever

Teaching is an Act of Poetry

I want you to take a moment to see that every inch of what you have done this year as an educator and as a learner, as a human being, is already an act of poetry. When you have engaged in science and geography learning, espousing the Explorer Mindset through curiosity, observation and collaboration, you have been an act of poetry asking others to exchange with you and with each other their unique experiences. When you have asked them to study the history of those who came before them, to explore ancient civilizations and understand the human journey, they connect themselves to the wind and the tastes and the smells and the feeling of being in those moments, in the poetry of the bones of those who came before us. When you ask them to solve math problems and calculate the physics of how our shared planet operates, when you humanize numerical interactions, you are asking them to feel that sense of meaningful struggle and discovery and seeking out ways to understand things with universal connective tissues.  Continue reading Teaching is an Act of Poetry

Harnessing a Cyclone: Why Now?

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. In this particular moment it’s safe to say we feel like fish flopping out of water, which is why we need to … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: Why Now?

Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflect on Successes, Not Just Challenges

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. I feel it necessary to note that reflection isn’t just something I do when things go wrong; in fact, I tend to … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflect on Successes, Not Just Challenges

Harnessing a Cyclone: How to Build a Reflective Practice

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. A reflective practice should be unique to the individual: it can manifest in a range of mediums, scope and scale, … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: How to Build a Reflective Practice