On Tuesday, we’ll kick off our fall expedition by hiking in Rock Creek Park. Through the fall expedition, students will become water experts and will research why we can’t swim in Rock Creek and what we can do about it. More to come on that when we launch next week!
When we’re there, students will pick a contemplation spot near the creek. They will take time to listen, look, and feel the natural world and write about what they notice in their nature journals. They will revisit the same spot three times throughout the expedition to document the seasonal change. This work reflects two of Expeditionary Learning’s Design Principles:
The natural world: A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect.
Solitude and reflection: Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.
Yesterday, we walked through the woods to Fort Slocum Park to practice taking notes in the field. We are continuing to practice focusing on a small space, and not the entire picture.
We still need chaperones, drivers, and booster seats to support our monthly afternoon trips to the field. Email me to help!