As you know, Warsaw Middle School is an Expeditionary Learning school. As such, we are launching our first expeditions. Students are very engaged, and we, as a staff, are learning a lot about this work and the process. Below is a snapshot of what happened during our kick-offs.
"Can we keep learning like this? I love it!" Quote from 6th grade student.
Fifth and sixth grades classes have leapt into expeditions. The new unit called "Food for Thought" explores how healthy the students are, what changes might be made to their health profile and whether the school might adopt some locally sourced foods. Students had a contest this week to design a logo for the expedition, read articles on organic produce, had a speaker from the cooperative extension and then visited five different sites ranging from organic farms to the. Colby College vegetarian dining facility to a Maine sourced co-op.It was a full day of intensive field work.
The ticked off group is in the data gathering/ survey writing phase of our expedition. There have been incredible conversations around how to write and conduct a good survey and the first draft of the survey is ready to be field tested. The gathering of background information is going great as well. Kids are working hard, asking great questions and being creative in how they are presenting their information about Ticks and Lyme. One group, in fact, has decided that the best way to get the point across is through a skit while others are using interactive activities and visual aids to teach the class the information.
* More info to come from the Take a Hike! crew.
This is what learning looks like in an Expeditionary Learning School - See the three photo attachments and check us out on the district facebook page as we will be posting as we progress.
Remember, April 18 is a half day. Students are dismissed at 11:30.