Mr. Farley's Fall Insights
This segment was originally published in the Oct. 4, 2018 edition of the Kingsley Bulletin (Kingsley Montessori School's community newsletter).
"One of the great parts of coming into a new school is that you have the opportunity to look at all aspects of a school with fresh eyes. As part of my orientation to Kingsley, I have asked each of our teaching teams to invite me into their classrooms for a visit during these opening weeks of school. Other than asking for a few minutes to introduce myself, I made no additional requests beyond directing them to deploy me as each team saw fit. As a result, I have participated as a story reader, an honored guest for a round of twenty questions, a participant in morning meeting, and an observer off to the side of the room. Each role has proven delightful to fill, as they have allowed me to gain valuable insight about Kingsley.
Among the many valued insights I gained, I have especially appreciated being able to witness the 'grace and courtesy' our students have demonstrated when welcoming a visitor into their classroom; the excitement students–and teachers–have demonstrated when given the opportunity to share their work with me; the extraordinary ease our teachers demonstrate moving from addressing the whole class to interacting with students one-on-one to discuss each student's progress; and the genuine curiosity and purposefulness students at each level invest in their learning. Over and over again, I am reminded of the word "harmonious," a word one parent used in a parent roundtable session to describe her impressions of Kingsley. In spite of so many activities and interests being pursued and perspectives being shared simultaneously, the Kingsley classroom works in enviable harmony to cultivate curiosity, citizenship, and confidence."