Ordinary Moments, Extraordinary Possibilities is a phrase
developed by Evergreen Community School that is now
used internationally. It is an acknowledgement that even
small, seemingly mundane moments hold great potential
for surprise, wonder, discovery and learning. One only
needs to observe a child marveling at a stick floating in a
puddle to understand the profound significance that ordi-
nary moments can have. Through attentive and unhurried
observation of a child's focus and intent, we allow our-
selves to subtly bolster and deepen the child's experience.
Often a teacher's timely expression of interest and
support, coupled with a child's initial enthusiasm, can lead
to an extended and more reflective exploration of these
moments. Our challenge as educators is to participate in
the moment without controlling it. We seek to remain
present and engaged in the experience as it unfolds,
following the child's evolving path of interest rather than
focusing on a predetermined outcome or plan.

For children time is fluid, not to
be captured or compressed. As
a measure of our respect and
trust, time at Evergreen Com-
munity School is organically
experienced, allowing children
to work at their own pace to
formulate their thoughts and
experience the outcome of their
ideas. This means that an
investigation may be as brief as
ten minutes or as long as ten
months, depending on the inter-
est of the children and the
complexity of the topic.