The themes for the 2016-2017 school year are Stories and Geology. While each Crew will have their own Expedition, there will be lots of places to explore the connections between human stories and the stories that the earth tells through its rocks.
How are the stories in books similar to and different from those that we tell in our daily lives? How do the stories that we tell about our own experiences influence our feelings about them? How are stories from different parts of the world alike and how are they different?
These and other questions will serve as the foundation for our K-2 Expedition and an entry point into a wide range of topics, from children's literature to science, math and the natural world.
What rock is that? Was it made from sand or pressed deep in the earth? How do rocks and clay affect people on earth? How do different cultures use these important materials?
We are learning about geology this year in the 3-6th grade crew of the Community School, exploring rocks and how they are used around the world.
Every Wednesday, we'll have weekly Outdoor Learning Expeditions led by our teachers Sabrina Freedman, and Michael Wilbur, who will be joined periodically by local experts from our community.
We'll display our learning throughout the year at various programs such as Open Houses, our Annual Holiday Performance, our end of year Passages and Expedition Night. Stay tuned for more information!
Locavores Farm-to-Table Program
Outdoor education includes frequent seasonal trips to local farms where our kids help with harvesting, weeding and seeding crops. On our harvest trips, local produce comes back to school and into our kitchen where kids learn how to prepare and preserve foods that become part of our weekly lunch and snack menu.
We rely on our local farm volunteers for this program and the generous support of our Locavores sponsors!
Expeditionary Learning at MVCS
Expeditionary Learning is a teaching model that emphasizes high academic and character achievement through experiential learning, character growth, and teamwork. Professional development provides teachers with powerful instructional practices to teach subjects through a challenging set of connected, real-world projects called learning expeditions. This professional development supports teachers' instructional practices and helps provide guidance to deepen student and teacher learning for personal and professional rejuvenation.
In the Classroom
Teaching practices and learning expeditions are at the core of Expeditionary Learning. Students spend much of their time engaged in learning expeditions, which are in-depth studies of a single topic or theme such as water, the civil war, etc...Teachers collaborate to design learning expeditions that align with the developmental and academic needs of their particular classroom and tie to current state and school learning standards. Expeditions embody 10 design principals that the teacher continually incorporates into the classroom and expedition. These principals include:
1) Self Discovery
2) Creative Thinking
3) Responsibility for learning
4) Intimacy and Caring
5) Success and Failure
6) Collaboration and Compassion
7) Diversity and Inclusively
8) The Natural World
9) Solitude and Reflection
10) Service to others