Experiential education programs have the ability to grow student values and identities through meaningful experiences. But they are stop-overs in life, not ends in themselves. Thus information, skills, and understandings are knowledge-to-go and not just for use on site.
As the emergence of personalized learning, project-based learning, and deeper learning increases, the time is right to connect learning to communities in authentic and meaningful ways. A place-based education approach can connect learning models, increase the power of our educational system, and provide a foundation for a thriving democracy.
At Journeys School, all 10th grade students complete a Personal Project as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Each student chooses a topic of personal interest, identifies a goal for their learning, researches their topic, creates a product to address their goal, and reflects on the process. During the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting these Personal Projects on the TSS blog.
Spring has sprung in Jackson Hole, and there is a lot to keep your eyes out for. Even though the towering peaks of the Gros Ventre, Snake River, and Teton Ranges are still snow-covered, reminding us of the winter season that is slowly bidding us farewell, the color palette of the valley is becoming increasingly diverse as spring rolls in.
What causes trees to recognize spring and break bud differs by species, but is typically a combination of a long winter chill, warming spring temperatures, and increased day length, or photoperiod. One particular tree that was leafless just a week ago, but now has small green leaves emerging is the quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).