My process of inquiry learning has been exactly what I want the students to undertake, and the Seven Dimensions of Human Greatness (Identity, Inquiry, Interaction, Initiative,
Imagination, Intuition and Integrity) are the woven threads of my own journey’s
tapestry. This summer I received a new thread for my weaving. At the Lama foundation near Taos, I met Rob and Peg, the people who started Roots and Wings School. One of our students was moving to Taos and was planning to attend this school and I had heard just a snippet about it from her mother. I have driven past this school for many years on my way up the mountain
as we drove to Lama for our annual summer pilgrimage. At dinner one night, my husband met Rob and Peg in the serving line and brought them over to eat with us.
The beautiful thread gifted at dinner thais Expeditionary Learning. One gift it has offered me so far is a stream of books from Amazon from their website’s recommended reading.
The reason I am so excited about EL is that it is offering me more nuts and bolts to help us continue to craft our inquiry based learning curriculum. One of the most profound sentences that I have read this summer is…inquiry is the curriculum. This slammed into me as the absolute truth. It is the truth for me as a lifelong learner, and for our students. Much of what I uncover as I continue to explore EL is confirmation of what I already know or sense and the valuable “how to” guidance that I am always on the look out for.
This summer my own self directed inquiry is about expeditionary learning, goats, chicken coops, portable air conditioners, insulation, fencing, livestock guardian dogs and yurts.
Next stop, kilns. What do I know about kilns? Not much….yet.