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Engaging Minds

Posted on June 19, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on June 19, 2016

Every morning during the school year and summer session, Iʻm usually at the autoline greeting students and parents. This past Monday, as I was waiting for drop-offs to begin, I looked across the turnaround and was struck by the beauty of the shower tree and "aloha" etched into the hill. Why hadnʻt I seen this before?

And only too quickly after taking this photo, the drop-offs began. Typically third and fourth graders work the autoline during the school year, but in the summer, the teacher aides are beside me. Iʻve been impressed with our teacher aides and the quality support they provide in the classroom. The TAs are middle and high school students earning community service hours; others are Mid-Pacific alumni who are getting some work experience during the summer. One of the greatest joys I have is seeing students whoʻve been in the preschool and elementary now working with young children. Gratifying!

If thereʻs one word that captures the spirit of the images Iʻve selected to include in my blog this week, itʻs ʻengagementʻ -- getting reading for the Money Doesnʻt Grow on Trees mini-sale, literacy sharings, finding math problems on a scavenger hunt, centipede observations, making flubber, building a 3-D structure. After spending a few minutes in each of these classes, I walked away thinking how this kind of active engagement in learning should be in every classroom all year long! (By the way, can you identify the insects caught by students in the Lʻil Critters class?)

A reminder to go to MyPueo to see the facultyʻs weekly postings of the second week of summer session.

We have a curriculum sharing assembly this Tuesday which Iʻll write about in my next posting. This is all too exciting!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.