I was gifted a poem by Parker J. Palmer this week, with a passage in it that reminded me of the journey our learning community has been on. It connects to the metaphor that spring gifts us each year of starting fresh, emerging as something new, and unexpected.
"There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created." -Parker J. Palmer
Getting outside has been a must this week. The energy of the spring and the warm weather have captured the energy in the children. Their ideas and enthusiasm have coming pouring out of them. As they arrived back from Spring Break, they greeted one another with genuine hugs all around. They bubbled out stories of adventures near and far, and found comfort in being reunited.
As we near the end of 3rd Grade, the children are building off all the hard work they have put in to building a loving, effervescent community. They are finding that all this effort has created strength and security in one another that allows them to dig into producing high quality, thought provoking work that they couldn't have imagined doing when entering 3rd Grade. They are growing, changing, right before our very eyes into more mature, thoughtful and interesting people everyday. Because of the shared learning community they have diligently created together, they are now able to take big risks to share, write, and synthesis our learning about Oregon History. It is beautiful to witness.
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