Wednesday, May 16, 2012
learning by doing...
The approach we use at Clear Spring School is called integrated thematic instruction. A topic or theme is chosen that children love, and then that theme is explored through classroom work, and craft projects involving math, science, reading, writing, social studies and more. the Wisdom of the Hands program has the specific role of bringing greater hands-on focus, not only in the wood shop, but in the classroom as well.
Things get more challenging at middle school where children need to become even more engaged in real noble notions that fulfill their needs to become active participants in community life. Children as they reach middle school age need to be drawn from engagement in fantasy toward having real purpose in their lives. To meet that developmental need, we aim more toward project based learning.
In high school, educational concerns become complicated. Students need to become prepared for college, and that means transcripts, practice in testing and greater accountability. As in middle school, learning needs to become even more project based, with those projects meeting real needs within the community.
Today in the CSS wood shop, first, second and third grade students began making wooden kangaroos related to their study of Australia. Photos shown above. In my own wood shop, I am getting ready for the annual White Street Walk. That means getting boxes ready for delivery. I set up my display tomorrow.
Make, fix and create...