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Learning and Team Building

Starting a new school year is exciting and nerve wracking whether you have been at the school for multiple years or are brand new to the class.

Each year begins with different kinds of getting-to-know-you activities to help the students and teachers become familiar with one another. Sometimes these activities occur away from campus on field trips.

Field trips provide an opportunity for teachers to take lessons outside of the classroom, allowing students to see lessons in new spaces with hands on learning and giving teachers another way to observe how students learn and interact with one another. From walking field trips around our neighborhood to longer bus rides, St. Paul’s teachers enjoy sharing new experiences with the students.

Last week, the sixth grade went on a four day trip to Woodminster Woods. Abby explains that the trip was for “science and teambuilding.” “It’s the start of our work with water, like when we test Lake Merritt,” says Ninea. Ms. Malabed shared in an email to parents, "The young scientists did some water quality testing and were excited to see that there were no nitrates or phosphates in the river!" Continuing on the theme of using the water to learn, Tilly talked about her experience of measuring the speed of water with a rope and a rubber duck. 

While students worked with different groups to conduct experiments, they also spent time together on a ropes course, kayaking, listening to the naturalists on a night hike, capturing and releasing frogs, gathering around the campfire, and even performing water-themed songs. “I think the ropes course was the best. I’m really afraid of heights but with the other students’ encouragement, I was able to zip line!” Kira shares. Charlie and Finn agreed that the food was extremely good on the trip (best food on a school trip!). Trey and Cameron both said their favorite part of the trip was kayaking.

A parent who chaperoned the trip described the setting as the “coolest living classroom ever” thanks to the great naturalists and teachers. The students seem to agree!