Students Gear Up for Second Annual “Create Your Own Adventure” Day

by Cathy Koos, Head of Lower School

On Friday, Jan. 20, students at the Lower School will take part in their second annual Create Your Own Adventure Day. This fun filled educational day is a product of a faculty study on the book, “Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator” by Dave Burgess. One of the questions asked is, “If your students didn’t have to be there, would you be teaching to an empty room?” When planning lessons, the author says design ones you could sell tickets for. And that’s exactly what this day is about!

Each elementary teacher picks the topics of their choosing to teach students for 45 minutes. They can follow their passions and do not even have to teach the subjects they normally would at school. The students then “vote with their feet” and select the seven classes they wish to take. They don’t sign up in advance…they walk around and hear feedback from other students on classes they have attended and choose their own adventure.

Here are just a few of the fabulous offerings by our talented teachers:
• Shark Encounter
• Cooking 101
• Balloon Rockets
• How to Make Apple Pie and See the World
• Sing Along with Me Math
• Animation Creation Stop Motion Video
• Whose Line Is It Anyway?
• Let’s Weave
• WHAT! Disappearing Water. REALLY? Smoking Bubbles. YUM! Dry Ice Drinks
• Pass, Punt, Kick
• Land of the Vikings
• The Secrets of the Underground Railroad

Allowing the students to choose their sessions is such a powerful way to increase student engagement. This is a day that they remember and can share with others what they have learned. One never knows what future scientists, computer programmers, artists etc. are born on day of adventure like this. It is truly an opportunity for students to: “Start Here. Go Anywhere.”

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