Miles and miles of trenches snaked through the landscape of Western Europe from 1914 to 1918, often only a few miles apart. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers fought and died in trenches, some only a few feet deep. Rain flooded the trench, rodents and insects infested the men, and the dead were a constant reminder to the living for what may lie ahead.” (Trench Warfare in WWI, Slide Share, 4)
History classes teach about WWI and Trench Warfare, but how many of them help their students relive this experience?
Every year, Trevor Muir at Kent Innovation High, helps his Global Studies students learn about WWI battle techniques, like trench warfare, by creating a mock battle in the classroom. Mr. Muir dresses up as a general and the students turn their tables on end to simulate the trenches. Then they begin an epic battle using paper wads.
This teaching technique is known as “Project Based Learning (PBL) a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.” (Edutopia) Kent Innovation High (KIH) focuses on project based-learning and collaboration with both students and teachers. A recent guest of KIH wrote “there was a learning buzz and relaxed atmosphere in every room.”
NovaNow is an opportunity to see a PBL school in action. On Friday morning you can take a student-led tour of the school, sit in a class room, see exemplary student work, and take part in a Maker Space. After lunch the conversations begin, led by local and national experts with KIH students participating. The conversations will be deep and you will develop relationships with passionate educators that will extend beyond the conference.
NovaNow is a conversation-based conference on February 6-7, 2015 hosted by Kent Innovation High, a Project Based Learning lab school located on the Kent ISD campus. Instead of listening to education experts on a stage, sit beside people such as Rushton Hurley, John Spencer, Erin Klein, Melody Arabo, and many more and discuss pedagogy and current issues.
Register today to be a part of the conversation!