The typical classroom contains everything necessary for a thorough and rigorous education. With a creative eye, common items can provide opportunities for exploration and enrichment. Classroom doors open for students when they are young and eager to learn; An Extraordinary Education will help prepare students for the day when they walk out of open classroom doors, on their way to more journeys.
An overview, interdisciplinary extensions, and topics for reflection accompany the core lesson. In addition, sample activities and strategies for an analog clock, cleaning supplies, and a teacher’s chair (common items found in typical classrooms and homes across the country) are provided to demonstrate how students can learn by exploring the environment in which they spend so much time. A list of over 140 common classroom items is provided.
An Extraordinary Education offers an inquiry and research-based interdisciplinary approach, with opportunities for personal reflection, to help develop the skills, interests, and abilities essential for lifelong learning. The academic blend of research, application, and reflection provides rigorous and challenging academic content that easily connects with state and school district curriculums.
Over 70 interdisciplinary Extensions (cognitive and affective strategies that will help students develop skills, improve identified weaknesses, and master content) are included. Teachers do not have to be the expert for every Extension. Instead, teachers should be a resource for students as they independently and deliberately investigate areas of interest. The role of teachers is to connect Extensions to required curriculum and to help support students as they work through the activities. To take full advantage of the power and potential of the following interdisciplinary Extensions, turn the students loose and let them explore!
Throughout the unit, students will think, create meaningful products, and make important contributions to their own learning. Students can focus on topics that interest them and can build on the skills and knowledge they learned in previous activities.