Teaching Scientific Literacy this Field Trip Unit

It’s crucial that adolescents feel safe in testing these “what ifs.” And it’s equally crucial for them to experience the scientific method. Ideally both in and out of the classroom. At Arthur Morgan School, this is a priority.

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Making the Most of Field Trips

middle schoolers on trip to the desert

Every spring the middle schoolers of Arthur Morgan School embark on 18 day long field trips.  The trips are the culmination of a five week academic unit in which the students have learned about a specific topic. Sometimes these topics are science based. Other times they are social studies or art based.  This year we are sending […]

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Emotional Lessons on 18 Day Field Trips

several middle schoolers making different emotional faces

Arthur Morgan School’s  18 day field trips make for powerful learning experiences that help middle schoolers see real world examples of what they learn in the classroom. They also learn other things as well.  Here is Rey, a ninth grader, explaining some of the unexpected lessons that come from a long road trip. “At AMS, […]

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Learning through Storytelling

middle schoolers in a van on a field trip

Every year when our 18 Day Field Trips return home, students share their experiences with their peers, parents, teachers, and community members.  Trip sharing is a community event to which all of Celo is invited. It is an opportunity for students to proudly present what they learned while traveling.  It also gives them the opportunity […]

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Why Experiential Learning is Effective

middle schoolers participating in Selma to Montgomery march reenactment

When most educators talk about experiential learning, they typically apply the concept to higher education or work training. They think of experiential learning as a way to prepare college graduates or new hires for employment.  Unfortunately when the term is applied to middle school classrooms, experiential learning usually has a more watered down connotation.  Websites […]

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Why Service Learning is Important

middle schoolers doing service learning beach cleanup

Service learning has always been a part of Arthur Morgan School’s 18 day field trips. Even in the school’s earliest trips, staff and students found communities that needed helping hands. The tradition continues today with the school’s current field trips. Through hard work and new relationships, our middle schoolers are gaining an understanding of why […]

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Getting Hands On with Climate Change

middle school student building a structure with sticks

In most situations if you start talking about the weather it means your have run out of things to say.  For Arthur Morgan School’s Coastal Ecology and Climate Change field trip, however, weather is just the beginning of the conversation. Every spring, AMS sends its middle schoolers out on 18 day field trips.  The trips […]

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Teaching Civil Rights to Middle School

middle schooler reading book

If middle schoolers could learn about anything, what would they choose?  At Arthur Morgan School, we ask our students this question every year. During the 18 Day Field Trip unit, our students help develop their classes by providing input on what they want to learn. Our teachers then create engaging courses and 18 day long […]

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