This past week I have enjoyed many opportunities to visit our Northpoint classrooms. I was impressed with the high level of conversations, thinking and leadership our children were involved in. I witnessed students facilitating parts of their Morning Meetings: guiding their classmates in reviewing the calendar, greeting one another and sharing. As the day continued, I observed children discussing their math work, reflecting on the processes they utilized, giving feedback and advocating and inquiring about their work and the work of others as they defended or changed the strategies they used.
Teachers were supporting this work as they modeled, questioned and practiced these conversations with their children. This took place during discussions of pretests, during Number Corner and throughout the content of a Bridges math lesson. I also witnessed students talking about their reading or content provided by an adult. Students were defending their ideas, evaluating their choices based on text evidence and real-life experiences. I am asking that our teachers share this type of learning in their updates to parents, via writing or video examples. As parents, you may not get to see this type of meaningful learning first hand, so we hope to do our best in updating you on these engaging experiences throughout the year.