One of my favorite parts about working at my school is the diversity of my students. We have no racial majority, and 40% of our students speak a language other than English in their homes. Students come from a range of high and low-income homes, and live in the nearby neighborhoods of Sausalito and Marin City and as far as Vallejo. An advantage to being a public charter school is there is a lot of teacher autonomy in the classroom, which allows me to manage my teaching blocks in a way that is most responsive and supportive to my students.
Our school has the wonderful advantage of being a Project-Based Learning school.
We choose to take our students on many field trips, including overnight to General Mariano Vallejo's rancho in Petaluma so history can truly come alive. Opportunities such as these provide equity, as all students have access to experiential learning beyond the classroom!
My students will be studying energy and how it cannot be made nor destroyed but is simply transferred from one source to another. As a Project-Based Learning school, we love to use real-world experiments and scenarios where students can apply their learning. The Lawrence Hall of Science field trip would be a wonderful opportunity for my students to work with real scientists and how they use concepts of energy and electrical circuits to solve real-world challenges.
Through the Lawrence Hall of Science "Circuit Solutions" field trip, students can apply and expand on their knowledge of energy outside the classroom in the presence and support of professional scientists.
Students will be presented with a scenario of a heatwave at a school and the cooling fans are not working. Students will work collaboratively with each other and under the guidance of the scientists to resolve this problem and apply their understanding of circuits to design a solution that would wire the building more effectively to transfer energy and cool the school.
To take our experiences beyond our classroom brings deeper meaning to purposeful learning. Please support us in extending our students' out of school experiences in an equitable and enriching way.
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