My students are eager to learn! I do not have any motivation issues, but I do have supply issues. My students rush to class every day to learn more about science. My average homework turn-in percentage is 90%. They definitely love to learn inside and outside of school. Now it is time to take their learning and provide them with an opportunity to apply what they have learned in nature.
I want my low-income second language learners to have the same experiences as students of higher socioeconomic status.
Although my students have a limited science background, they are ready and willing to learn, always giving 110% of their effort to every project we take on. I want each and every student to have a safe learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
There's something magical that happens when students engage with nature for the first time. I am not sure if it is the look in their eyes as they chase wild turkeys, seeing them create their own games, or interact with the banana slugs, but taking youth camping is an experience that I wish all students could experience. My coworker, two after-school coordinators and I started a camping program last year at our school to get the students out of East Oakland and experience the outdoors. Students learned how to pitch their own tent, cook their own meals outside, start a fire, identify plants and utilized their ration and proportional skills and knowledge of contour lines to plan hikes using a traditional map (I had to add that since this generation is so dependent on technology) and more!
Due to emergency budget cuts at the district level, we do not have the funds to take students camping this year or any field-trips that do not include free transportation.
This lack of field trip budget limits the experiences my students obtain. My environmental scientists deserve a chance to apply their education outdoors. Taking these students camping will allow them to expand their imagination beyond the concrete food dessert community we call home. For some of these students, this will be the longest time they have ever been without phones and or technology, providing them with a space to unleash their creativity and imagination.
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