Pangea: A Metaphor for Holism

Pangea: A Metaphor for Holism

originally written by Paul Freedman for Pangea, the literary journal of Spring Street International School I was excited to see the first issue of SSIS’ new literary journal. And even more excited by its title and all it implies. Pangea; the word is derived from the...
Learning in Relationship

Learning in Relationship

Salmonberry School is like a small village, and each classroom is a family. There are none of the trappings of large school bureaucracy – no GPA’s, no bells ringing, no lining up. There is an intimacy to life at Salmonberry that is quite extraordinary.  Not to be...
Education for Meaning

Education for Meaning

Salmonberry teachers take time to get to know their students and design project based, experiential and thematic learning that deepens this sense of connection and meaning. One of the gravest errors in contemporary education is that learning has become an abstraction....
Holistic Education

Holistic Education

Our modern society tends to sanitize and compartmentalize. Schools have reduced the natural and spiritual process of learning and growing into a cold ingestion of facts and skills and an even colder documentation of mastery through standardized assessment. Salmonberry...
The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey

This is the setting out… Returning to the theme of courageous beginnings and the particular importance of celebrating beginnings at school, of which I wrote here previously, I am reminded now of what usually comes after beginnings, namely “middles.” Followed by...