This was our first full week of school and it allowed me to spend time in classrooms with students and teachers. One piece of the principal position that I enjoy is giving feedback about excellent teaching. This week allowed me to begin to recognize the talent that this staff possesses. There were a few highlights that stood out that are worthy of mention. First, many classrooms use questioning techniques to engage students in discussions. I saw this questioning liven up many lessons and bring about deeper thinking. Experiential learning opportunities are present in many classrooms. I watched a fifth grade science class where students were learning about convection, conduction, and radiation as means of transferring energy. This was done through small group labs and again sparked vibrant discussions. Again, in sixth grade social studies I watched an amazing lesson where students pondered artifacts, both from the past and potential future, to learn about civilizations. There were just a few of lessons that I visited that made me feel that MCS students are lucky to learn from each other and a talented staff.