We want to be a game-changer.
For everything we do at school, we want people to react with: “Wow, that’s cool.”
Learning Expeditions is a grade 7-12 program of choice. The program emphasizes the use of project-based learning, inquiry, and technology to meet learning goals for all students. This program opened at the old Stawamus Elementary site in September 2015.
Project-based learning is very different then just doing projects. See below for a graphical explanation of the differences.
Exhibitions of learning, mentorship, student portfolios and the use of new learning environments will also be featured. Students will be expected to include extensive fieldwork in their projects and will work with community experts to enhance their learning. Students will be challenged to use an interdisciplinary approach to authentically solve the problems facing our world, through a lens of cultural and environmental sustainability. Students will work in a culture of feedback and critique, and learn to collaboratively create meaningful and beautiful work!
This program will use online and technologies to enhance student learning. The use of mobile devices will be strongly encouraged, both with a “bring your own device” philosophy and a supply of equipment available for those who need it.
This program fully supports the Sea to Sky School District’s Strategic Plan, and will engage students by being personally relevant, flexible and authentic. Students will be focused on developing the competencies of Learn, Create and Innovate, Think Critically, Contribute and Collaborate.
This program has many inspirations. The main inspirations are High Tech High, Expeditionary Learning Schools, and the Inquiry Hub. See videos and links below for some background.
Critique and Feedback, the Story of Austin’s Butterfly- Ron Berger:
The Learning Expeditions program tries not to tie itself to a rigid schedule. There will be no bells, and a lot of flexible learning time where teams can work on their projects. Students will have only 2 main teachers, one for each half of the day.
Within the flexible learning time, students will be expected to check in at the class circle at the start and end of each day. There will be scheduled times each day for planning, designing, critiquing, presenting, and reflecting on project work. Field work times/days will be a part of each week’s schedule. Physical activity/recreation will also be scheduled into most days.
Cave time will be a part of most days. This is a time for quiet, individualized learning and reflection for our students and staff.
Students on the Grad Program (grades 10-12) will also have time each week to work on online classes that will compliment their learning. Some examples of courses a student may want to take online include language courses, specific sciences, or other electives not offered in their program.