Last year's trip to Costa Rica showed us that education can, and should, be a life-altering experience. This year, a largely new group of students, have decided to learn about and travel to Puerto Rico. With this new topic and destination in mind, we have developed a year-long interdisciplinary class that is based on the same three core principles:

1) Travel to expand students' horizons
2) An explicit connection between the classroom and real world
3) The use of sweat equity for students to see that their efforts can make a difference

During the early fall, the curriculum was largely focused on developing the 21st Century Skills of problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making, and collaboration. This was initially done using group challenges in the classroom, but then became vitally important once we started raking lawns. In addition to being our major fundraiser, this hard work put students in positions that required group problem solving, as well as perseverance and responsibility – traits that we all know are central to changing the trajectory of their lives.

During the winter and spring, each student will be developing an independent research project on a chosen aspect of Puerto Rico.
We hope that you will keep checking back as we share our learning, growth and adventures.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Erics reflection

In this class Sustainable Education, during raking I learned I can actually stick to something until it’s fully done. I have never felt like such a big part of a community in my life until this. I learned when the going gets tough, I don’t always give up and I also learned that I have great people skills. Not only did we all get stronger as individuals we also got stronger as a group. We can all get along with each other. We can hang out with us all at the same time and not argue, not do anything to get on each other’s, bad sides. This is what I learned about the group and during the raking that we did in the month of November.