Sargent Center Curriculum
WHAT WE TEACH
School programs at Sargent Center, as at all Nature's Classroom sites, continue to address current state curricular requirements for science, mathematics, social studies, health, and language arts - even standardized tests. Students will gain important foundational knowledge during their stay, while engaging in:
SCIENTIFIC FIELD INVESTIGATIONS
At Nature’s Classroom at Sargent Center, we immerse students in authentic, hands-on field investigations that reinforce classroom lessons and state standards. Extending the learning environment into the field encourages students to explore, observe, and examine elements of the natural world that cannot be brought into the classroom. Field investigations require students to use scientific tools, analyze empirical data, and draw conclusions about the quality of our environment—leading to a deeper understanding of topics covered in the classroom and on standardized tests.
Teamwork reinforces trust and self confidence, fosters community, and enhances the learning experience. School Program adventure activities enable students to work together in groups, developing skills in problem-solving, goalsetting, decision-making, and positive risk-taking.
Outdoor skills develop self-sufficiency and resourcefulness while demanding that students work with each other to overcome fun challenges. Students develop an appreciation for natural resources and build social skills as they interact with the environment through activities such as fire-building, canoeing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing.
WHAT YOUR CLASS WILL ACHIEVE
One of the greatest outcomes of participation in Nature's Classroom is the opportunity for each class to become a cohesive, cooperative team that values the contribution of each individual. Sharing challenging experiences helps students, teachers, and parents develop greater sensitivity and respect for each other— which translates into better social skills.
HOW YOU’LL BENEFIT AS A TEACHER
Discover what sets Nature's Classroom apart. It’s not just students who benefit from learning at Nature’s Classroom. The experience also provides teachers with a framework that enhances future lessons in the classroom. This includes opportunities to: • Observe students in the outdoor classroom • Assess social, emotional, and academic growth • Participate in professional development activities.
Our program is a direct extension of the classroom. Students are exposed to three learning domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Our instructors are trained in all learning domains, and build into their lessons opportunities for students to apply higher-order thinking skills through anticipation, hands-on activities, lesson closure, and reflection.
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