Friday, August 17, 2012

Tabula Rasa, or Zen and the Art of Teaching

The New Founders Hall at Sabot, which opened earlier this spring

        New beginnings...

The side entrance to the new first and second grade classrooms
With Aneesa Sen (the new second grade teacher), Sarah Ferguson, and Mary Driebe

A view from the entrance/ larger room
New spaces...

New experiences...

All a work in progress...

As it should be.

What lies ahead?

Soon what seems empty will be filled with light and energy,  hopes and dreams, laughter and inspiration, challenges and opportunities...

And such eagerness to start anew. 

A view of the wonderful windows in the smaller classroom
The hallway into the lower floor of Founders Hall, where all the first and second graders will soon enter
The Sabot Newbies:  Aneesa Sen (2nd grade) and yours truly


  1. So exciting! I can't wait to see how you and the children fill the space. Welcome to Sabot, Aneesa, and we're so happy to have you back full-time, Christine! (Reese is THRILLED)

    1. Thanks, Jess! I'm so happy to be back...and I can't wait to see your lovely boy again next week. :) Happy to report that we now have a new assistant to help us - Marty's brilliant daughter (!) - and materials arrived in the classroom today. It will take time for it to all come together, but I'm excited about getting the children to think about how to best use the space. See you soon.

  2. Welcome to the edublogoshpere :) My name is William Chamberlain and I teach 6th grade and Noel Elementary school in Noel, Missouri. Jon Becker shared your blog with me and I thought I would stop by and take a look. Your new building looks amazing with a lot of space. I hope you have a great year!

  3. Thanks, William! The new building truly is amazing, and I am honored to have a new space within it. I'm looking forward to challenging my students to think about how to best use this space and make it more responsive to their needs. Wish me luck!

  4. So so excited that you are joining the teaching team at Sabot! Sydney went from ho-hum about the return to school to being wildly excited upon hearing of your appointment. I'm so excited that you've decided to include the children in the arrangement and organization of the space.... No better way for them to feel invested and contributing members of their classroom community. What otherwise may be the rough first couple of weeks sounds like an exciting adventure for all! Best wishes and I'm here to support you in any way you chose....