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Guest Blogger – Nancy Snyder, K-12 Student Support Services Coordinator
The fifth-graders have been working on growth goals. To learn about a growth mindset, students read and discussed the picture book The Most Magnificent Thing. Students negotiated with their teachers to establish goals. They continually self-monitor to become aware of how they are doing in areas where they need to grow. Every two weeks, if their self-monitoring is adequate and their teacher recommends them, they choose what they would like to do in a fun snatch of time–ten minutes of spontaneous fun in the middle of the day. Yesterday, one of them lamented, “It’s too bad we can’t take a walk in the pouring rain.”
I ran home to grab every umbrella I own. The students donned their jackets, and we marveled over the height of the Codorus Creek and all the debris floating down it. The sun burst through (like a bright idea after a growth-mindset struggle).
We looked at the huge puddles at the corner of King and Newberry Streets. One student said, “It’s too bad we can’t put down our hoods and umbrellas and run back to school in the rain.”
While I held their umbrellas, they danced and did cartwheels in the rain. It was a wonder-filled moment.
Wonder in education–it’s what we do at Logos Academy.
Education in ancient Greece aimed at the formation of free individuals who were in control of their own thoughts and feelings and who loved to search for beauty and truth in all areas of life and the world. We get our modern word “school” from the Greek word scholé which means “leisure time spent in contemplation, study, prayer, celebration or worship.”
In contrast to this tradition, today’s prevailing models of education have their origin in Prussian educational reforms during the 1800s. These were inspired by the factories of the industrial revolution and ideas of mass production. They had the goal of creating a national workforce for a growing industrial state, and American educational reformers such as Horace Mann brought these ideas and practices to public schools in the United States. Even with the work of later school reformers such as John Dewey and the current quest for technological solutions in the classroom, American public education has continued to focus on “large-scale” and “efficient” responses to personal and human needs.
Our classical tradition of education at Logos Academy keeps us focused on the development of the most important human capacities within each individual student. We love the whole and diverse human story and what it means for each child in our school.
So how does this classical tradition look in our classrooms?
We are grateful to have you partnering with us in this exciting venture. To learn more about the classical tradition of education, consider some of these resources: