Usually it's very difficult for me to get up at 3:15 in the morning, but today I was wide awake before my alarm even went off. The anticipation, planning, and waiting were finally over as I hopped out of bed, made some hot chocolate, and headed out the door to send off New Hampton School's first two Project Week groups in 30 years! In a few short hours, these 8 students and 3 faculty members will be on flights to LA and Shanghai.
By 8:00 am tomorrow, all our Huskies will soon be actively engaged in a project of their choice and pursuing an essential question that is of personal interest to them. I can't wait to hear directly from the students (via Twitter, this blog, and the Project Symposium) about their discoveries and growth during this week. I hope and expect that several of our students will have life changing experiences this week. As the Director of Experiential Learning, this is the stuff that gets me excited. This is why I am a teacher. This is why I am proud to belong to the New Hampton School community.
To the dedicated and hard-working NHS faculty - thank you. This week does not exist without you.
To the students - have fun, be safe, and don't be afraid to let your curiosity and inquisitiveness take control. Also, take a moment sometime this week to thank your Project Leaders.
To all - Explore. Educate. Experience.