Today was Saturday. Yet, today was one of the best days ever at school for me. Yes, it was the weekend.
The school was abuzz with a range of activities, One was an end of year softball tournament for middle school girls. Great weather, lots of fun, a wonderful outdoor community event. #community #WJAA
What struck me most though, was the source of two other events that took place today. Both of these were original, filling a need that no other event does, and were being held for the first time.
We hosted Creative Connections for the first time. This event was proposed by one of the school’s visual art teachers together with one of the design teachers. This professional development experience included a visit to #Kyotographie, various design challenges and sharing of ideas in art and design. #design #CreativeConnections
The other major event was student generated. Through an open-ended design course, one grade 10 girl has been exploring issues facing children of multicultural backgrounds in Japan. Today’s event brought in various members of our community, students, and others from beyond the community, such as Mixed Roots Japan, and involved a discussion about growing up in Japan, musical entertainment, and a showing of the movie Hafu. I was really excited by the relevance of this event, the energy it created, and the autonomy it provided to the student involved. She also was able to bring in other students who collaborated with her and supported her. It became a unifying event. #mixedrootsjapan #hafu
My learning from today:
We need to make sure we empower students and teachers to let their ideas flourish, and sometimes we just need to get the heck out of the way.