Posted by: Paul Lovaas | September 16, 2013

The Joys of Experiential Education

One of the greatest aspects of our curriculum here at Conserve School is our teachers’ ability to get students outdoors, engaging in hands-on lessons. As a semester school dedicated to environmental stewardship and building connections with nature, our amazing teaching staff make every effort to put our students out into the world, experiencing nature, and living what they study.

Michael Salat, our resident history teacher, takes his classroom outside often. This past week in history class, Conserve School students read portions of Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, as part of their unit on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Unlike the average classroom, however, the learning didn’t stop after the reading. Students spent part of their class time actually working to build their own dugout boat, as Lewis and Clark’s team did on their journey. The hard, physical work of building a canoe and paddles, coupled with the rigorous academic demands of history class makes for a challenging, experiential curriculum. But, at Conserve School, when we work hard, we also play hard, and at the end of class on Friday students got to enjoy their fruits of their labor by paddling and playing in their very own canoe. It’s a very special thing to witness, students smiling and laughing and literally jumping for joy over history class.

Paul Lovaas
Graduate Fellow
 
Advertisements

Responses

  1. lucky lucky students!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: