Throughlines - Mid-Pacific Institute

Elementary School Principal's Blog


Posted on August 20, 2017

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 20, 2017

I read all the faculty blogs every weekend, sometimes before I begin drafting my own. This weekend, there are several throughlines running concurrent in their blogs, pretty amazing considering each teacher composes independently without conferring with each other (something to be said about what we collectively value):

  • the classroom community
  • relationships
  • students' ownership of their learning
  • the teachers' belief in their students as capable learners & thinkers

All of these elements contribute to a unique culture of learning at Mid-Pacific. As you read your child's classroom blog and the specialists' blogs, it will become more evident that we are attentive to the what and how of learning because of our shared beliefs about learning. While you would expect that a faculty naturally embodies a shared philosophy, this phenomenon is not necessarily characteristic in many schools, which impedes the school community's ability to simply talk about the nature of learning as constructing knowledge with others. The faculty blogs posted this week are a testament to the high quality of teaching and learning your child will experience. I encourage you to read more than one teacher's blog and see for yourself about first-week themes across grade levels.

Heads up: As a faculty this year, we're honing our observation skills of students and the documentation of learning we're taking. You'll be reading more about observation and documentation as critical components for students as learners and teachers as learners. What a concept!

The school year will be learning journey for you, too, as parents. Welcome to Mid-Pacific!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.


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