The very nature of Expeditionary Learning allows us to impact HOW our students learn – hands on, collaborative, authentic, reflective. This is best described in the words of Kathryn Conner, a former Kinder teacher and current Special Education and Inclusion Teacher,
“At Mundo Verde our students are not just learning things from books, they are actively becoming experts. They become so personally involved in each expedition that by the end they are living the reality of those experts: ecologists immersed in a forest studying the fauna, chefs and waiters preparing and serving food at their own restaurant, or entomologists teaching others about the different roles ants play in their colonies. By engaging in Expeditionary Learning, students learn at a very young age the importance of craftsmanship. They create final products that they are proud of by engaging in the revision process and creating several drafts of their work.”
A sampling of Spring 2016 final products
In kindergarten, students studied corn, but also learned about how food gets from the farm to our table. They learned about restaurants in our community of different cultures and how foods can be shared with others using recipes. They then created a restaurant where they used their social skills, speaking skills and math skills to serve parents their favorite recipes. What they learned about corn is captured in this video: The producer of the kindergarten film and former teaching fellow, Jaime Solano wrote: "I am very happy to be at this school, every day I grow more in love with the school and enjoy all that I am learning. This being my first year in MV, I was surprised to see all that children learn during the expedition and how they learn, so I wanted to help show this to others who have not lived it with us. Thus was born the idea, but the story had to be told by the protagonists, teachers and students. Thanks to the media workshop being conducted at MV and some prior knowledge, I could help make this first film."
Reactions from parents
In first grade students have been studying, “What is trash?” In addition to examining the ways in which people interpret trash, recycling and compostable materials, first graders learned how they might impact the world around them. They wrote letters to others sharing how they might take better care of their world. They created stepping stones for our future school garden which will forever remind people of how one person’s waste can be another person’s art when we reconsider what is trash. Students created Public Service Announcements videos capturing their learning about recycling, compost and litter. The day of celebrations of student learning, first graders happily shared what they had learned about the impact of waste.
Reactions from parents
“I'd like to let the teachers know that they did a fantastic job showcasing what the kids have learned. The movies were a great finale and the kids were very engaged in showing us what they've learned. Kudos!”
“The pains that teachers went through to prepare the 1st graders for the PSAs, were evident in the scripts the kids had, the "characters" they played, the pride with which they shared their work, and the editing of the final video. So fun to experience! I fell in love with all the kids and the teachers who were never on camera but clearly behind the scenes!!!”
Third graders wowed families with their passion for literacy and the sharing of what they have learned about literacy and who does and doesn’t have access to it. Third graders studied important historical figures and change makers like Frederick Douglass and Louis Braille who created pathways to liberty by being literacy heroes. Students shared what they learned through persuasive writing, mini libraries and 3rd grade podcasts which were produced ‘professionally’ at Howard University. It was truly heart-warming to listen to students share their love of literacy heroes and to see themselves in this same light by sharing their podcasts and libraries with the greater community.
Reaction from parents
“Thanks to the 3rd Grade Team! We were all in awe as we walked from display to display. The presentations were exceptional. Each kid was able to explain (in detail) what each display entailed. Not only were the kids overly proud for us to see their work, the parents talked about this expo over texts and emails after leaving Mundo. Thanks for making learning fun for our kiddies! You guys ROCK! **We plan to invite a few friends over to make a “free library” to share in a neighborhood that would benefit greatly from it!”
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