Lil Idaho leaders interview railroad workers as part of a school project on podcasting.
Listen as these 3rd and 4th grade students guest-host several episodes that explore the impact of the railroad on Idaho history.
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Podcast Video Excerpts:
As a center of Expeditionary Learning, our students learn through the exploration of a variety of different resources, many of which extend beyond the walls of our school building. “Fieldwork” can be distinguished from “field trips” in that it is connected to the curriculum. Students must go out into or beyond the community for the purpose of collecting data, experiencing something first hand, participating in adventure activities, etc. These authentic learning experiences are a key component of our educational program. Fieldwork may call for an hour away from the school, a full day outing, an overnight excursion, or a three-day trip to another state.
Adventure activities are coordinated across all the grades from Kindergarten through eighth grade. They become progressively more challenging, building upon the previous years’ experiences. In addition, activities are consistent by grade level: All students on one level participate in the same activities. After each adventure, students have opportunities to reflect on their experiences, observations, and interactions with the natural world. Service projects and achievement standards may be incorporated into some activities. Throughout the program, outdoor safety and etiquette are emphasized. Etiquette for the Kindergartners includes leaving a place better than they found it, quiet voices, respect for wildlife/ habitat, use of restroom, staying with the group, etc. This repeating theme becomes more complex, culminating in 7th and 8th grade with weather watching, observation of human impact on the land, and may include service work to offset negative human impact.
The PCCS adventure program is an important part of our curriculum and it is not optional. Through adventure, our students reach personal goals, build confidence, learn how to work as a team, and become more supple learners and leaders.