Real-World Learning in Size 5 Sneakers: Learning in the Field with Elementary Students
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I wonder why there is so much trash along the river. I wonder what happens to the milk at the grocery store that goes bad. I wonder why the sign at the library reads, “No bathing, No washing, No loitering.” There are a lot of things in our world that elementary students are curious about. How might we, as teachers, guide the explorations of students’ own curiosities even when those ideas might be thought of as out-of-reach for our learners? In this expedition, we’ll go out into the Boulder community to explore part of the city from the perspective of an elementary student. We’ll generate questions from our observations, then refine and define them as solvable problems through an elementary lens. We’ll reflect on ways to connect traditional classroom content areas to an authentic, transdisciplinary, real-world experience for our students, and share practices for managing that experience. Grab a Go-Go Squeeze and juice box, and come rediscover the learnable world through the eyes of an eight year old.
Elementary educators and administrators, but really any education level