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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Robert's Project

  My project is about fish in Puerto Rico, and the different fish there.  The reason why I am doing this project is so I can learn more about Puerto Rico, and because fish are cool.  I am going to be working with Jason Lambert.  He is going to teach me how to tie a fly and make a lures .The picture is of a Peacock bass.  They are found in Puerto Rico. 

Joshua - My research project

I am doing a research project based on the economy of Puerto Rico, since it is part of the U.S. and comparing it to the economy of the U.S. Some of the things that I will compare are how well their economy stood during our economic crises. I will also study how they make money, how they get funds, how well their economy is, and how they are involved in the stock market. The reason I chose this project is because I have always been interested in economics. One of the other things that I will research are things about the government. These two things are the things I do best in school with because they really interest me. I will post more next chance I get.