Faith in the Fabric of School
March 26, 2021 | Jessica Smith
At Mustard Seed School, we recognize that each student is on a faith journey. In addition to daily worship, faith is woven into the fabric of the day so that students have time to question and explore their own beliefs in the context of our school community and the world. Middle School teachers work to have authentic conversations that welcome a broad range of experiences and invite questions and sharing. Wondering how this plays out? Below are some recent examples.
- In Courageous, one student shared personal news of a baby being born while another student talked about a death in their family. The class came together to pray for each other.
- In book clubs in the Brave class, students talked about characters’ faith (and their family’s faith) being important to them and guiding their work, life, and response to (esp. bad) things happening in their lives.
- In seventh grade language arts, students think about faith and literature often. A recent study of To Kill A Mocking Bird led to discussions about what happens when Christians act in ways that are not Christ-like.
- In eighth grade, students discuss faith almost daily as they consider current events. This term, as they learned about the history of Christianity, the class had many discussions about individual faith as well as what their families believe in terms of social issues.
Sixth grade students pray at the end of the day before leaving school.
Waving palms as the kindergarten leads the virtual Palm Celebration
Music Teacher, Preschool and Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator
With more than 20 years experience teaching music in a variety of settings from elementary to college, Dr. Jessica Smith has a deep love for music education, integrated arts curriculum, world music, and worship.
In 2017, Smith traveled to Ghana to study West African drumming and dance as part of a fellowship from Fund for Teachers. In 2015, she completed four years of training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais™ Practitioner, a method that uses neuroscience and movement as a catalyst for potent learning. As a clinician, Smith has led workshops in vocal studies and drum circle facilitation. Before coming to Mustard Seed School in 2008, Smith was the Director of Preparatory & Continuing Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where she also served as a Visiting Professor.
Dr. Smith enjoys traveling and spending too much money on plants at the Union Square Greenmarket.