Yesterday we finished our last Histories and Literature classes and had one of the last few exploration times. During exploration many students went “Slack-lining” time next to the boathouse or went to some of their favorite spots such as current cut and fourth hole. In Literature class we finished Omeros while sitting on the dock. We closed our eyes and listened to the sounds of the waves hitting the dock as Ashley read the last two pages of the Omeros. This was a symbolic moment for us because Omeros is about the sea and finally we were reading by the ocean. We felt accomplished that we had finished the difficult text and jumped in the water to celebrate. The water felt refreshing and it felt like the perfect way to end a story about the sea. In Histories class, we talked about all the major concepts that we have covered this semester in order to prepare us for our Eleutheros with the cumulative prompt: So What? Why does what you've learned at Island School matter? This last Eleutheros is a very important aspect of the semester because it allows students to reflect on what they have learned and begin to try and figure out how it matters for the future. I began brain storming ideas for my “So what?” Eleutheros and talked about my experience in Literature class. I told a story about my initial confusion about the text Omeros that then lead to a group effort to clarify the text. I remember at the beginning of the semester in one of the very first harnesses, I said, “I think that this story is about the divorce of a woman named Helen and a man named Plunkett”. This theory is completely off from the actual plot of the text but in that moment I said that phrase with confidence and truly thought that this may be the answer to the text. I remember that Ashley did not node her head in approval or shake her head no she simply smiled. None of the students in the class criticized my idea, but rather began building off what I had said. Through this experience I have realized that by taking a risk and stating my theory I was able to help further the discussion and ultimately come to conclusions about the text. This is one example of the types of things that students can reflect on from the semester. This last week at The Island School will be a time for reflection of the last 100 days. The last Eleutheros along with our Demonstration of Learning’s will prepare us to come home with a clearer vision of how we will apply what we have learned.