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The Pause that Refreshes

Posted on December 13, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on December 13, 2015

At Mid-Pacific, the highlight of the semester end, aside from the holiday events, is the assessment conference when every elementary student meets with parents and classroom teacher to explain his or her learning progress. The student is the center of the conference, leading with explanations of noteworthy learning while the teacher facilitates discussion. This mid-year pause to take stock of what has happened so far and what the student needs to work on specifically to improve as a learner is a critical moment along the learning continuum. Preschool parents participated in an analytical discussion with teachers of their child's learning process via a video clip. Think for a moment, parents, about your own experience as an elementary student and opportunities you had, if any, to articulate what and how you learned. Were you cognizant of connecting prior learning with new learning? Did you set learning goals and revisit these goals? Did you know how to speak about your learning, other than how you were measured by test scores? Did you understand your role in your own learning? Or did your parents and teachers own your learning, making you feel like the bystander? Our 3-way conferences are an integral part of the Mid-Pacific experience. The assessment conference celebrates your child as a learner, as the conference should. Your child's classroom teacher will email the conference summary as a pdf this coming week.

You might also like to read Ms. Rivera's latest blog on another kind of pause the refreshes:

At chapel on Monday morning, we bid PE specialist Bruce Black bon voyage as he takes off to begin as a crew member on the Hokuleʻa when it sails from Cape Horn at the tip of South Africa to Brazil. This is Bruce's second voyage, his first being the New Zealand to Australia leg across the Pacific. We will be in contact with Bruce through Skype and track the historic voyage. He will return to Mid-Pacific February 22. A long-term PE substitute will take over teaching responsibilities until Bruce returns.

I'm saving all the Christmas highlights for my last blog of 2015. Look for this blog on Thursday, December 17, 2015, after 5:00pm. With conferences and assessments completed, our children turn their attention this week to preparations for the holiday program on Thursday, 10:00am, and settling back into regular learning routines and all the merry-making of the approaching holidays.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.