There’s an interesting concept discussed by Vollmer called nostesia. It’s the intersection of nostalgia and amnesia.  It’s a relatively dangerous place when we consider the weak places our schools have been historically. Schools now serve more students better than they have before. Is the work done? Certainly not. The conceptual framework we recall with regards to Laura Ingalls Wilder or L.M. Montgomery’s educational paradigm are fun to read as fiction, but the reality is that schools are different than they were even 10 years ago. That means that many might not understand how classrooms function today. Some might be more attuned to their inner workings than others, but practically speaking each classroom and school is different. And what’s more? That’s fine. Each classroom can look differently and even so from morning to afternoon because meeting the needs of the students are what’s important.

I’ve been spending time in classrooms and, in discussions with teachers, we realized that we need to explain what students experience from time to time. We offer services in classrooms in small and large groups. Students participate in instructional groupings all day long. Sometimes it is in their primary classroom, sometime not. It may occur in small group situations in and out of the classroom or in large groups. Multiple adults come in and out of classrooms from time to time. Sometimes they come to collaborate, others to communicate. Students see other students coming and going. Students see adults coming and going. Sometimes a special is in the primary classroom, others may occur in a different space. We try to meet the student needs as individuals and as a cohort. Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation are 21st century skills. We work to offer students myriad ways to access content, measure successes and reflect on growth. It just isn’t like school from Little House on the Prairie. It’s dynamic, flexible and can be messy. - Matthew DeBlois, Principal

Melissa Haggett received recognition as the ANWSU Outstanding Educator award yesterday. From the program: “A dedicated 2nd grade teacher who believes in the value of monitoring the progress of her suddens and analyzing the data as it pertains to her Tier 1 instruction. She does what is best for the whole class keeping in mind the needs and interest of each individual child in her classroom. She is willing to adjust her own instruction and practice if that means a student will become a better read and develop more social and or emotional skills! Melissa Haggett is dedicated to ensuring that all children succeed. She communicates clearly with all team members and holds high expectations for all students. She seeks out opportunities for improving her teaching and is open to feedback. Melissa is an excellent colleague and teacher leader, and has the best interest of her students in mind. She shows up early, stays late, and shows dedication that is unmatched.” Please congratulate her when you see her for this deserved honor.

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