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Posted by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 09-06-2016

It is almost hard to believe but this month marks the beginning of THRIVE's nineteenth year. With that fact in mind, a friend playfully challenged me this summer, saying You must be growing stagnant by now.

My response has been to reflect on the MANY things that I still want to do here! I often say that everything about THRIVE is in draft form — and I currently have some big projects in development behind the scenes. I look forward to letting you know about some of them later this year but, for now, the details have to remain secret!

To that end, I spent a good deal of time working in my classroom over the summer, sifting through the contents of two big filing cabinets. Over the past five years, I have moved virtually all of the key documents I use on a day-to-day basis into the cloud so that I have access to them at home and school. For that reason, those filing cabinets were being used less and less and I decided that the space they took up could be better used. Yet it was neat to rediscover some of the things that we used to do around here!

Be that as it may, I am really looking forward to another year. This Fall also marks the restart of the Panasonic Kid Witness News Contest in Canada and the program is offering a brand new video camera for us to use. We'll talk about it as a class but if the kids agree to go for it, they will make at least one new documentary film this year. Earlier projects have all proven to be rich sources of learning, so this is a very exciting opportunity!

We'll also quickly begin building on what was, without a doubt, our most successful year ever in the area of individualized programming. With the details tracked in a special database, I know that last year's kids completed more than 2,500 different assignments in that central part of our program. Can this year's crew top that? Only time will tell!