November is…..football playoffs, swirling leaves and chilly days. At school in November, teachers are busy preparing to meet families to share first quarter progress of students. We all look forward to welcoming you to school on November 4th, 5th or 6th as we strive toward our goal of a face-to-face meeting with each and every Lincoln family.
As I walk through classrooms each day, I see teachers providing students with well-planned lessons, pushing them to the edge of their comfort levels-where the deepest learning starts. I hear teachers asking children to explain, prove, defend, analyze and create. Often, what I don’t hear are teachers giving students answers-this sounds strange, I know. However, by continuing to refine questioning skills and asking students to collaborate on problems, the best route a student has to an answer is not always the most direct route. Working and thinking hard to figure out answers gives children the pride that comes from figuring something out on their own, as well as learning that is long-lived, instead of fleeting.
We hope to see many of you at Lincoln Mines on November 14. This is our inaugural year at providing a conference for minecraft, gaming, technology and STEM learning. There is amazing day planned! You can look at the detailed schedule and purchase tickets online at www.lincolnmines.com.
The teachers and I look forward to being your partners in the education of your children. November is…a time for thanksgiving. We are thankful for the support you give school programs, teachers and especially your children each day.
Lincoln: Learn. Lead. Succeed.