Posted by: csdailyblog | March 28, 2011

Re-enacting Shackleton’s Journey in History Class

The real Shackleton voyage below and the Conserve School re-enactment above. (Photo below from:

In the past weeks of history class, students have learned about Ernest Schackleton’s famous Antarctic adventure, which became an endurance marathon in unimaginably difficult conditions once the expedition ship became trapped in the Weddell Sea ice. As part of their studies, students re-enacted elements of the experience in order to better understand the hardships the expedition members endured, the skills that allowed them to survive the bitter weather, and the keys to Shackleton’s successful leadership — not a single member of the expedition was lost despite the fact that almost two years passed between the beginning of the voyage and the moment that the final crew members were rescued.

For a quick outline of the journey and more historic photographs that will remind you of the photos of our students’ below, take a look at the American Museum of Natural History Shackleton Exhibit website.

Mary Anna

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Hands-on experiential learning is a common characteristic of semester schools.



  1. The Schackleton Expedition is just the kind of moment in time that needs to be explored. The multi-disciplinary approach the Conserve School takes is an inspiration for this high school teacher.
    Hi Danielle…staying warm??

  2. Michael (the History teacher), brings HISTORY to LIFE. What a fantastic and amazing way to learn. Thank you for “helping” my daughter, Danielle EXPERIENCE HISTORY for herself….truly amazing !!!!!

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