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With Mile High Academy classrooms full of enthusiastic learners and teachers fresh from their summer break and full of ideas, both teachers and students are stepping into the sphere of Real World Learning (RWL).
An integral part of the Mile High Academy curriculum, Real World Learning prepares students to grapple with life’s big questions, think in ways that matter to the world around them and work well with others. “Every student will be armed with these skills when they leave MHA since all of their teachers use RWL in their classrooms,” commented MHA marketing director Agape Hammond.
Let’s step into their classrooms to see what Real World Learning means at Mile High Academy.
Teacher Danielle Cress and her students in grades 3-5 are building water-filtration systems to meet the needs of kids in Fiji for the areas still affected by last year’s cyclone and creating books for mobile kindergartens to reach young students in remote villages.
Lisa Venteicher is taking her students through the Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program as they learn biblical principles for being servant leaders.
The worldwide plastic pollution problem is the focus for students of Jerson Malaguit, who will investigate the problem along with ways to mitigate its consumption, grow recycling programs and create new ocean-cleaning solutions.
Students of Kyle Berg are looking at things they want the world to hear as they prepare three podcasts to inform and inspire their audience to action. They’ll have the opportunity to act as producer, editor, host and co-host as they do the journalistic work of researching, fact checking, creating and producing.
Teacher Rebecca Berg wants her students to be entrepreneurial. She is encouraging them to begin an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school and will be developing their own business plan while they learn about advertising, competitive advantage, financing, marketing and product development. They’ll also learn how to use their business to benefit and improve their community and their world.
Engineering teacher, Brian Howard, is helping his students design, plan and construct a shed according to Highlands Ranch Municipal Codes.
Looking at the world’s hunger problem, Heidi Chaij and her students are learning about balanced nutrition as they make breads to raise funds to fight hunger.
Christina Hernandez is leading her students in another entrepreneurial experience where they look at different methods of making soap and learn about the chemical processes for creating soap. In order to sell their product, students will create packaging and research marketing strategies so that they can compete with the mainstream market.
All these real life tasks extend the relevance of the subjects beyond the classroom. Mile High Academy students are putting knowledge into practice and developing useful skills. According to Seymour Papert, renowned expert on children and computing and an MIT mathematician, “We teach numbers, then algebra, then calculus, then physics. Wrong!” he exclaims. “Start with engineering, and from that abstract out ideas of calculus . . . .”
[RMCNews with Agape Hammond]