Monday, May 21, 2012

Stretching Minds Through Experience

Our last day of school is on Friday, and, as usual, I get reflective at the end of the year. This has been a crazy ride, our second year, full of ups and downs, with some spectacular experiences and some truly great people, but what sticks out for me the most this year is our field experiences. In 180 days, we were out in the world, learning, for 42 days.
Here is a bit of what we did:

Much Ado About Nothing
Taming of the Shrew
A Christmas Carol
Don Giovanni (ok, an opera, but still)

(Mad love goes to The Shakespeare Tavern, not just for their brilliant work but also for the behind-the-scenes tour and Q&A after Macbeth. What an incredible experience that made each play so much richer!)

Fernbank (Darwin exhibit and Imax film, Galapagos)
Bodies Atlanta ( GO.)
Georgia Aquarium (our final trip of the year on the last day)

Overnight: Tybee Island Burton 4-H Camp (So. Much. Fun.)

Yellow Daisy Festival
Geocaching - four expeditions!
Stream Monitoring - monthly, all year
Food Pantry - 2x/month at Hollydale United Methodist Church

It is hard to believe how far we have come this year, and next year seems like we will be out in the world just as much! Looking ahead, I see a the high ropes course at Wahsega (or maybe the Flying Squirrel - who knows?), more plays at The Shakespeare Tavern, La Traviata at Cobb Energy Center, Tellus Museum, Booth Western Museum, and the High Museum. One student is planning on building a tiny house; another wants to design and build a chicken coop. We are delving into Spanish literature and the second year of French.

A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Here's to stretching minds!

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