Classroom and School Culture

Bicycles Class Writing Celebration

To culminate our unit on narrative writing we wrote “small moment stories” which were detailed true stories from our own lives.  To cap this off, my class had a writing celebration and invited family and friends to join us for a reading.   The process leading up to the celebration – choosing a story, revising,…

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday was Grandparents and Special Friends Day here at Chicago Friends School.  During Community Meeting, which culminated our morning together, Karen asked the query, “How does our community feel different on this day?”  There were a lot of interesting and insightful comments. I kept my comment inside but thought I would share it here. Our…

International Peace Day: The View from Daley Plaza

The school community took one of its guiding principles out for a walk today. The students, teachers and many parents boarded the red line elevated train for Daley Plaza where we lifted our signs and waved our flags for peace on Earth. International Peace Day is a celebration of humanity’s wish to live free of…

K/1, A Well Oiled Machine

With less than a month left of school, I am beginning to reflect on the year.  My class is truly feeling like a family unit, and we are all getting sentimental and appreciating our time together.   By this time of year the students know all the classroom procedures and routines and can independently execute…