In my recent musings, I've come to view schools as ecosystems - dynamic and interactive environments where various elements interact and depend on each other. Just like in nature, the key components - students, teachers, and staff - have unique roles, contributing to the overall health and balance of the system. Rules and routines can be compared to the natural laws that govern ecosystems, providing structure and order. Moreover, just like an ecosystem, a school can thrive or falter depending on the relationships and interactions within it. Therefore, I believe it is both insightful and accurate to define a school as an ecosystem.