Braving the Wilderness.
A few people asked what I’m reading these days. I haven’t read as much as I’d like, so that served to help me kick it up a notch. This week I read Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness. Her book focuses on the search for “True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone”.
As many of you know, I am a huge supporter of Brené’s work on shame, empathy, vulnerability, and courage. I particularly like that, as a grounded theory researcher, she “develops theories based on people’s lived experiences rather than proving or disproving existing theories.”
She describes true belonging as “only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self acceptance.” What’s particularly compelling about this is the role that social media plays
for adults and children in creating a less than authentic experience of our lives.
In upcoming letters, I’ll explore this a bit more. I’ll also return to Rox Zander’s work, The Art of Possibility, that I shared about in August. For now, I’d like to pull back the curtain to reveal what happened at our Learning Day last Friday.
Last week’s Learning Day was considered by staff as generally one of the best we’ve had in the last few years. We felt this way because we made time to discuss major and minor issues that we were faced with in a conversational and reflective manner. We kicked off the meeting with Ann and Christine sharing the PFG Parent Portal. We then spent the morning discussing issues like the need for space for our middle school, updates on our school-wide wellness theme, and including the Units of Study writing program in our integrated curriculum in a way that is consistent with our philosophy. We coordinated schedules for families with siblings for our upcoming conferences, talked about Info Night, Playground Supervision, and refined our plan for the upcoming November PFG meeting (Look for more on this shortly. Suffice it to say we are ALL very excited about this special meeting!)
We then wrapped up the day with grade level collaboration to reflect on upcoming our students’ learning experiences and refine our curriculum for the next few months.
Have a wonderful weekend…and Go Bears!