Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is in the Air

Autumn is always an enchanting season at Brassfield Road Elementary.  It is a magical time when sunshiny, crisp school days ignite a contagiously irresistible excitement for learning in all of us.  There is something about the start of football, pumpkin patches, and gradually shortening days that relaxes our students, brightens their smiles, and brings great joy to our classrooms.

This fall, meaningful learning and teaching will remain our focus at Brassfield.  With a little more than two years of the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards under our instructional belts, we are well prepared for continued success in challenging and engaging all students through enrichment, extension, and digging deeper opportunities that are designed to meet every child’s individual learning needs. 

This era of swift and continuous change is transforming our classrooms, our instructional practices, and our educational mindset.  Expected learning outcomes are shifting, and as a result, our methodology, too, has had to change.

A constant at Brassfield continues to be our priority in cultivating a school community where students are empowered and required to think critically, investigate purposefully, and dream big dreams. As teachers and parents, we are charged with challenging our children to stretch beyond what has become academic comfort, to embrace a future characterized by unknowns.  This requires a lot of thinking outside of the box, explaining, and thoroughly reflecting upon what we know, what we want to know, and what we have learned. 

Learning is not a destination and does not conclude with a 1, 2, 3, or 4.  All students have the potential to learn, and will learn at Brassfield. It is not about ‘looking smart.’  Learning is about ‘getting smarter.’

Where imaginations play, learning happens. - Douglas Thomas

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