“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Students need to see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and the real world. This type of learning experience requires students to engage in activities and apply what they have learned to a real-world problem. This is often referred to as ‘authentic learning.’ Second grade recently gave us the perfect example of this last week.
Students have been learning about mapping and navigation tools in social studies. They tested their skills with a hands-on navigation activity on the Crocker Conservancy. Students broke up into small groups and had to use a map and compass to navigate the 47-acre property on our campus. They worked their way around the hardwood forest and through the wetlands as they successfully used a map and compass. While there was plenty of trial and error, with a handful of smiles and laughter thrown in, it was a truly authentic way to test what they learned in the classroom.
This activity allows students to successfully transfer the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to an authentic, real-world experience. Enjoy the video below!