Looking back at our week, I couldn't help but reflect on our trip to Seward. What a fun, fun trip. And what an adventure for our first graders to experience.
From having to adjust plans due to the weather to spending a night away from the comforts of home to having the Sea Life Center to themselves at night for exploration, "ninja business," and a sleepover, this is an experience that our little ones will not soon forget.
Spring trips provide such an amazing and unique opportunity for our students -- an opportunity to take risks, gain independence, learn in an authentic and memorable way, and share an adventure with their classmates and teacher. It is these little extra opportunities and experiences that truly make PNA a special and unique place of which to be part.
At first I thought I was crazy to have scheduled a field trip during the throws of auction prep. However, it ended up being the perfect breath of fresh air amongst a busy season - and a perfect reminder of why we are investing so much time and energy in the auction to begin with. Over and over, I heard, "Mrs. McCormick, you have to see this!" as students ushered me over to what they were exploring. I also heard eager cries of, "Come check this out!" as students shared their discoveries with each other. Sharing in the joy of discovery, exploration, and learning is something we have carefully cultivated all year. What a privilege it is to teach in an environment that builds on and encourages such sweet and genuine discovery of the joy of learning, exploring and adventure.
We have been learning about how weather and climate affect people's lives in different places or regions. We partnered with a class in Arizona and exchanged questions about where the others live. They asked our students the following questions:
Is it cold there?
Ms. Tuomi has over five years experience in ASD, where she taught first and fifth grade classrooms. An avid skier, Ms. Tuomi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Alaska Pacific University’s Bachelor of Arts in K-8 Education.