At my school, we have a courtyard which has long been neglected and so this past fall, I wrote a grant to “beautify” the space. As the At-Risk Coordinator for my building, I wanted those “risky” kids to participate in an experiential learning opportunity–using Math in “real” life. The boys are 4th and 5th graders who don't necessarily love the core subjects of school, but they are all good kids who will now be “owners” of something very special and active members of our learning community. The plan includes a pond and waterfall (which is installed by THEM next week), a peace pole, benches, a butterfly garden and a space for growing flowers and/or veggies. It will be an on-going project and when they graduate from our school after 8th grade's completion, perhaps we'll have nurtured a landscape architect, a Math teacher, or best of all–happy learners.
May 25, 2017