Field Trips Enhance The Breadth And Depth of Our Curriculum
Posted by Joanna on February 4, 2016
Where does the real world of science and technology intersect with Andover School of Montessori? Where else, but at the longest-running, hands-on corporate science lab in the United States, Biogen’s Community Lab! This week, Biogen hosted ASM’s budding 6th, 7th and 8th year scientists where they spent an entire day studying Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited autoimmune disease. Building community partnerships to engage students in rich curricular experiences are two essential components of ASM’s STEM implementation and mesh beautifully with our broad array of learning experiences beyond the classroom.
ASM students enjoy several curriculum-related field trips each year. Field trips typically involve learning outside the classroom, however, new this year, “in-house field trips” offer our youngest students opportunities for experiential learning in the safety and comfort of our school environment. Our older students go off-campus where they are introduced to interesting new people, novel environments and learn to construct new knowledge. Upper Elementary and middle school students venture farther afield on overnight trips that allow them to plan, cooperate, and live with one another in a real-world context, however safe and secure under the direction of teachers and chaperones. Taking place after each field trip, exercises of self-reflection help students to grow and contemplate what they have learned.
Our goal is to offer our students a curriculum which is as deep as it is broad; in order to fully accomplish that goal, we go beyond the walls of ASM.