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Half a Day with the Teachers of Keene Central School (NY)

September 4, 2009

Bruce Bonney and I spent yesterday morning with the teachers of Keene Central School (NY) introducing them to the Critical Skills/Student-Centered, Problem-Based, Experiential, Collaborative (SPEC) learning environment. It is a small school with about 35 teachers K-12. They have one of the most gorgeous locations in the world. When you walk out of the school into the parking lot you look up and see the cliffs of the Adirondack’s High Peaks almost within reach. They do some really neat things like have a school garden and accompanying compost pile that the students, teachers, and staff tend to. They freeze the produce and use it in the school cafeteria. Pretty cool… They take their students into the nearby High Peaks Wilderness Area and take great pride in their unique location.

We introduced them to the basics of creating a CS/SPEC learning environment and they worked on a challenge to produce a display regarding principles and practices that can be applied to engage students more fully in their learning.

Their finished products were extremely creative with wonderful metaphors. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the stimulating faculty.

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