I believe that there is an intricate relationship between experience and learning. To “learn from experience” is to make backward and forward connections between experiences, to discover the connection of things. We have designed a path breaking “Exploratory Learning” approach based on careful scrutiny of progressive methodologies and approaches as well as diligent advice from experts in the field.
Our curriculum is a “planned experience”.
For us this manifests as an integrated interdisciplinary curricular organization which cuts across subject-matter lines to focus upon comprehensive life problems or broad based areas of study that brings together the various segments of the curriculum into meaningful association.
Our flagship learning experiences, the “Explorations”, are experiential, interdisciplinary and inquiry-based. These explorations transcend disciplinary boundaries. Explorations are a combination of subjects with an emphasis on projects utilizing sources that go beyond textbooks and exploring relationships among concepts.
Exploratory learning is the foundation of the cornerstone learning experience at Northstar, the Exploration. Exploratory learning refers to deep and meaningful “planned experiences” that kindle the innate curiosity and sense of wonder in children. Exploratory learning allows children to wander through and wonder about unknown territory in ways that motivate inquiry and the having of wonderful ideas. These inquiries and ideas need not look wonderful to the outside world, what matters is that they are meaningful to the child and its development.
Over the next few weeks I will share our explorations design principles and some examples of ongoing explorations at the school.