The unexpectedly warm weather this week filled our classroom with the energy and excitement of spring, and it's been fun to share together all the signs of spring we’ve been noticing—the return of birdsong in the mornings, the blooming of daffodils and crocuses, the sound of frogs as the sun is going down. With the warm spring weather, students are also starting to think ahead to next year—to new teachers and friendships and learning opportunities—and this fit perfectly with the week's themes in Centering and Extensions.
This week, our class spent time thinking about the concept of responsibility during Centering. The students blew me away with their insights into this complicated concept! Responsibility, they said, is when someone else puts their trust in you and relies on you when they need help with something. This applied to our Conflict Resolution Extension, where we talked about responsible decision-making at school; it applied to our Financial Management Extension, where we discussed taking on new responsibilities at home; and it even applied to our Humanities Extension, where where our conversation about the major historical events of WWII included a discussion of the concept of a “bystander” and the responsibility we have to one another as human beings. We’ll continue to build on these conversations and ac