Holy Trinity students create their own adventures


How can polar bears live where most people can’t? Have you ever wondered if elephants brush their teeth? Were pirates heroes or “zeroes”? What do flying potatoes, disappearing Styrofoam, soaring toilet paper and exploding rockets have in common? These are just a few of the questions that students in grades one through six at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy answered recently as they participated in the school’s inaugural “Create Your Own Adventure” Day.

Each of the teachers of grades one through six, including enrichment teachers from the STEM Lab, music, art and physical education, played host to a unique educational session of their choosing. Students “voted with their feet” by attending any session they wished, for a total of seven sessions. During each class period, students had a choice from as many as 16 adventure sessions.

Create Your Own Adventure Day joined several other non-traditional learning days at Holy Trinity. The school will implement its first Storytelling Day on March 4, featuring national award-winning storyteller, Pat Nease. On April 20, the school will hold its fourth annual Innovation Day, during which students spend the day creating a project of their choosing.

According to Cathy Koos, head of Holy Trinity’s Lower School, the idea for Create Your Own Adventure Day came from the book, “Teach Like a Pirate,” by Dave Burgess. By following the author on Twitter, Koos learned about a middle school at which educators spent a day teaching topics about which they were most passionate.

“Days like this that encourage a love of learning are important for faculty and students alike,” Koos said. “It creates genuine excitement and authentic learning. It also helps to build the school family.”

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