Learning comes in many forms. For my OPA students, learning this week looked white and felt cold. We experienced heat transfer--conduction makes one’s hand feel cold when inserted in a snowbank, experimented with reduced friction--cross country skiing is all about the glide, and practiced intersecting gravity and momentum in new and occasionally contorted ways.
The following excerpts from student writings tell the story.
“I learned that eventually you will get the hang of cross country skiing. I learned that if you work together as a team that you can achieve what you are working towards achieving. I also learned that gravity is real because I tell on my butt a lot at first and it really hurt. Thank you.”
Gravity is real!!
“I learned to wear good clothes like snow boots and not Converse like I wore.”
Certainly a valuable life lesson!!
“I learned that you shouldn’t land on your hands when you fall because you’ll probably hurt your wrist. I also learned what lichen looks like and that it grows more on the higher areas of a tree.”
I am “lichen” what she learned. :)
“I learned that when you fall, move out of the path so someone doesn’t fall on you.”
Another good life lesson.
“I learned that snowshoes are not magical slippers.”
“Thanks for the field trip and the fun experiences. [I learned] 1. I don’t have good balance, 2. We can save people in avalanches, 3. It was really hot.”
Wear layers….and avoid steep slopes.
“I learned that cross country skiing is NOT easy, snowshoeing is very fun, and that lichen grows towards the middle-top of trees.”
“I had a lot of fun and would do this again next year.”
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