A New Start


A Pacific Tree Frog that appeared in my flowerpot one summer

Dear Division 1,

Welcome to you all! As summer ends, we once again begin a new school cycle. In my opinion, the beginning of  September is the real new year. It is new in many ways:

  • a new classroom
  • new classmates
  • new teacher
  • new learning activities
  • new friendships
  • new ideas
  • new ways of doing things
  • new extra-curricular activities
  • new school supplies
  • new physical and emotional growth
    …and lots more.

I look forward to getting to know you, and to begin our learning journey together. Where we go entirely depends on us. In this classroom, I highly encourage you to ask questions, to think, and to discuss your learning with your peers. Of course, we will be guided by the curriculum, and it is my hope and intention that what we study will, as much as possible, be enjoyable, meaningful and important to you. In my opinion, learning involves:

  • imagination
  • fun
  • creativity
  • open-mindedness
  • cooperation
  • collaboration
  • discussion
  • happy accidents
  • reflection
  • evaluation
  • checking in with ourselves
  • practice, practice, practice
  • struggle
  • friendship
  • concentration
  • organization
  • trust
  • acceptance

…and lots more. What can you add to the list? I would be very interested to know your thoughts on this. I would also be very interested to know about your reading interests. Here are some books that I have read this summer:

  • Break the Glass, by Sarah Levi
  • The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
  • The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
  • The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory
  • My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferente

I also enjoy reading the New York Times and the CBC website on my iPad, as well as many blogs on a variety of topics including art, teaching, vegan cooking, the environment,  politics, and of course, blogs about books. I discovered a wonderful new blog this summer called “Book Riot.” They make wonderful reading suggestions and often include YA books.

And now I turn it over to you. What can you tell me about your learning journey, your interests, your hopes for the school year? Looking forward to reading what you have to say!

Ms. Angel