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smus GRADE 10

EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAM

“The ability to deliberately learn from experience is perhaps the most powerful source of learning”

-David Kolb

 

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & DESIGN


AHOUSAHT: PLACE & PEOPLE, A WEST COAST CULTURAL EXPERIENCE


RIDGELINE TO COASTLINE #1: PADDLING

RIDGELINE TO COASTLINE #2: HIKING

SPORTS ANALYTICS

WHO AM I? EXPLORING ANCESTRAL

ROOTS

SCHOOL GROUNDS COFFEE COMPANY

CLAY & GLASS FUSION

MUSIC WRITING & PRODUCTION


GIDDY UP! LEADERSHIP THROUGH RANCHING

YOGA, PILATES

& MINDFULNESS


RIDGELINE TO COASTLINE #3: OUTDOOR SAMPLER

BEES & PEAS PLEASE!

STUDENT ATHLETE EXPERIENCE

FASHION DESIGN & INDUSTRY

WRITING

& VISUAL ART:

ONE WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE

SERVICE & PHILANTHROPY: TIME, TALENT & MONEY

IMPORTANT DATES


EXPEDITION DAY #1 October 16th, 2018

This is the first day the students will be meeting with their cohort!
Everyone is excited to meet and the faculty leaders are thrilled to share their passions!

The focus of the day is for the students to get to know their cohort peers and faculty leaders, make connections with professionals in the field, start to consider what success means to each cohort member as well as to the cohort as a whole PLUS wear casual clothes (what no uniform?! PERK!).

Dig into the opportunities the leaders have planned: they might get dirty, wet, creative, inspired and more!


EXPEDITION DAY #2, November 21st, 2018

Day #2 with the Cohorts!

Now that the students have been introduced to some of the skills they’ll be using this year,,.they can now put them to practice. Meet with more members of the community connected to your cohort’s area of interest and ask meaningful questions that are back with a little bit of education in the field.

Try new things, expand on ideas and consider new ones!


EXPEDITION DAY #3, January 15th, 2019

Expedition day #3 provides some time for the cohorts to look at different aspects of their themes and learning topics.

Alternative Energy & Design visits a solar project, School Grounds talks business, Giddy Up! starts planted on the ground to build equal relationships with horses and more!


EXPEDITION DAY #4, March 6th, 2019

With only TWO expedition days remaining, the cohorts begin to look at what their pursuit trips will look like and what needs to be planned and prepared leading up to them.

What skills do they still need?
How will they put the skills they’ve learned to the test?

Day #4 is still a skill and character building day that allows the students to consider what has “stuck” and what needs to be revisited.


EXPEDITION DAY #5, May 8th, 2019


PURSUIT TRIPS, June 13TH TO 19TH, 2019


DEMONSTRATION OF LEARNING, June 21st, 2019


 

History of the Experiential Program at SMUS

Where it all began: The “Pilot” year 2007-2008

This is where the Experiential Program at SMUS formerly began! At this point it was a small number of grade 10 students, about 20 in total who formed the first group of students who spent their final term on an altered academic timetable which allowed them to pursue areas of interest beyond the SMUS bubble. The program included many similar elements to the current program, and ultimately the vision of those who created it is maintained in the structure of the Experiential Program this year. In fact, most of the faculty who worked to build the program are still involved in shaping it this year.

The early success, and resounding positive feedback from students and parents, led to expanding the program to the entire grade 10 body in the 2015-2016 school year.

 
 

Here are some articles with current research about Experiential Education  

This article from EdWEEK discusses student application of knowledge:

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/09/26/we-learn-by-doing-what-educators-get.html